As we hurl through space on this little planet of ours, we continue to evolve. I’m not sure that the results of our language evolving are such a good thing. The Oxford dictionary maintains a list of newest words which have been added.
"Podcast" (a digital recording of a radio broadcast or similar programme, made available on the Internet for downloading to a personal audio player) is now an official part of the English language, as the word has been included in the Oxford Dictionary.
Other words making the big time include:
• clueful: adjective informal having knowledge or understanding of something; well informed: Rob Enderle is not very clueful about Apple Macintosh computers.
• fanboy: noun informal a male fan, especially one who is obsessive about comics, music, film, or science fiction: Paul Thurrott is (or was?) a Microsoft fanboy.
• offshoring: noun [mass noun] the practice of basing some of a company’s processes or services overseas, so as to take advantage of lower costs: Dell’s phone support offshoring was an abysmal failure.
• supersize: adjective larger than average or standard sizes; extremely large. verb [with obj.] [often as adj.] (supersized) greatly increase the size of: The gleeful RealNetworks CEO ordered a supersized box of Krispy Kremes.
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