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3 years 7 months ago

New words for Webster

Here's something for your Twitter feed: "Tweet" has earned a spot in the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary. The term, used both as a noun and a verb, is among more than 100 other new words in the venerable dictionary publisher's newest edition. Some other newcomers include "helicopter parents" and...

3 years 11 months ago

ACLU: Words alone crime is disturbing

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - The Boulder chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says it finds disturbing a conviction of a man based only on his words. A jury on April 6 convicted 23-year-old Zachrey Harris of a misdemeanor charge of bias-motivated harassment. He faces up to 18 months...

5 years 3 months ago

Once-presidential phrase casualty of word war

A Michigan school has proposed interring "shovel ready" and other phrases in its annual list of Words to Be Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness. Lake Superior State University also suggests that "transparent/transparency," "czar," "sexting," "tweet," "teachable moment" and "app" should join "shovel ready" in...

5 years 5 months ago

US dictionary's 2009 word of the year

What word sums up 2009? How about unfriend? That's the New Oxford American Dictionary's 2009 Word of the Year. It means to remove someone as a friend on a social networking Web site such as Facebook. Each year Oxford University Press tracks how the English language is changing and...

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