English Words

  • New words to know: locavores, staycation, acai July 10, 2009

    New York: "Locavores" can officially take a "staycation" this year, being among 100 new words to feature in the 2009 edition of a leading US dictionary, MerriamWebster's Collegiate Dictionary. John Morse, president and publisher of MerriamWebster Inc., said staycationmeaning a vacation spent at home or nearbywas a good example of a...
  • Web 2.0 crowned one millionth English word June 11, 2009

    Los Angeles: A USbased language monitoring group crowned Web 2.0 as the one millionth word or phrase in the English language on Wednesday, although other linguists slammed it as nonsense and a stunt. The Global Language Monitor, which uses a math formula to track the frequency of words and phrases in...
  • 'Awesome' stuff 'go missing' in '06 June 15, 2007

    New Delhi: "Healthy food" is now banned. And if your nextdoor neighbour still "boasts" of the "awesome" stuff that he keeps at home, don't forget to tell him he is pass now. Similarly, expect things like "Gitmo", "now playing in theaters", "we're pregnant", "search", "truthiness" and even...