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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Morning Folks 10 04 05

New Entries to the Dictionary are always amazing to me for a variety of reasons. Sometimes I am amazed because I always thought that word was already included or other times because I've never heard the word before or because it is just plain silly. But here are some of the newest words that have been added to the Merriam Webster Dictionary. Some of them have never made it into my vocabulary and probably won't in the future. Amuse-bouche.Huh? Where did THAT come from? But then there is cybrarian. I love that! By the way, someone told me to put your thumb or finger on the roof of your mouth to stop a brain freeze. I am also listing some of the words that were added to the dictionary over the past 60 years that really represent a little history lesson.

amuse-bouche (noun) 1984 : a small complimentary appetizer offered at some restaurants

battle dress uniform (noun) 1982 : a military uniform for field service

bikini wax (noun) 1985 : a procedure for removing pubic hair from the skin near the edge of the bottom half of a bikini by applying hot wax, covering the wax with a cloth to which the wax and hair adhere, and then peeling it off quickly

brain freeze (noun) 1991 : a sudden shooting pain in the head caused by ingesting very cold food (as ice cream) or drink

chick flick (noun) 1988 : a motion picture intended to appeal esp. to women

civil union (noun) 1992 : the legal status that ensures to same-sex couples specified rights and responsibilities of married couples

cybrarian (noun) 1992 : a person whose job is to find, collect, and manage information that is available on the World Wide Web

DHS (abbreviation) : Department of Homeland Security

hazmat (noun) 1980 : a material (as flammable or poisonous material) that would be a danger to life or to the environment if released without precautions

hospitalist (noun) 1996 : a physician who specializes in treating hospitalized patients of other physicians in order to minimize the number of hospital visits by other physicians

metadata (noun) 1983 : data that provides information about other data

otology (noun) 1842 : a science that deals with the ear and its diseases
retronym (noun) 1980 : a term consisting of a noun and a modifier which specifies the original meaning of the noun ["film camera" is a ~]

SARS (noun) [severe acute respiratory syndrome] 2003 : a severe respiratory illness that is caused by a coronavirus (genus Coronavirus), is transmitted esp. by contact with infectious material (as respiratory droplets), and is marked by fever, headache, body aches, a dry cough, hypoxia, and usu. pneumonia

steganography (noun) 1985 1 archaic : cryptography 2 : the art or practice of concealing a message, image, or file within another message, image, or file

tide pool (noun) 1853 : a pool of salt water left (as in a rock basin) by an ebbing tide—called also tidal pool

Wi-Fi (certification mark) —used to certify the interoperability of wireless computer networking devices

zaibatsu (noun) 1947 : a powerful financial and industrial conglomerate of Japan

New words in the 1940s

displaced person

New words in the 1950s

Bermuda shorts
neutron bomb

Words in the 1960s

Cable television
crib death
instant replay

Words from the 1970s

Conciousness raising
in vitro fertilization
leg warmer
passive smoking
personal computer
trail mix

New words from the 1980s

Automated teller machine- ATM
Compact disc
desktop publishing
in-line skate
glass ceiling
Twelve Step
mall rat
virtual reality

New words from the 1990s

Bad hair day

Buffalo wing
Car jacking
designated driver

Why don't you go out and get an ice cream cone today and if you get a brain freeze, try my remedy. Let me know if it works!

Have a great Tuesday.

1 comment:

  1. What about old words that have new meanings in this century? What can you come up with?


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