AeroWesty
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The Changing English Language

Tue Oct 04, 2005 7:24 am

I've always had an interest in new and made up words, and I read today that the new Merriam-Webster dictionary is now out, with the first rewrite since 2003.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/n...s-new-words,1,7283091.story?page=1

There are a few surprising first-time entries that I would have thought would have been in there for eons:

- Battle dress uniform (noun): a military uniform for field service.

- Otology (noun): a science that deals with the ear and its diseases.

- Tide pool (noun): a pool of salt water left (as in a rock basin) by an ebbing tide, called also tidal pool.

I've played around in tide pools for 40 years, and find it incredible that the term, now officially a noun, is just making its way into the dictionary at the same time that chick flick, bikini wax, brain freeze, and civil union are being documented in the pages of M-W.

It may be time to invest in a new dictionary. I just checked the one on my bookshelf, and it's copyrighted 1968! I guess I've relied upon dictionary.reference.com or the define function of Google too much lately.
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RE: The Changing English Language

Tue Oct 04, 2005 7:31 am

Otology isn't a new word. It's been around for decades and decades. I learned about tidal pools as an elementary school pupil in the late 1960's.

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RE: The Changing English Language

Tue Oct 04, 2005 7:35 am

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 1):
Otology isn't a new word. It's been around for decades and decades. I learned about tidal pools as an elementary school pupil in the late 1960's

LOL, yes, that's my point. Merriam-Webster is just catching onto that in 2005.  Smile
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RE: The Changing English Language

Tue Oct 04, 2005 7:49 am

My Dad, (the man who insists that all English words come from Greek words somehow), often makes up words. It's funny, because whenever he uses them, people know exactly what he means.

SUPPOSEN'T -- "You are supposen't to do that."

Or the misused words: "CLOSE the light!" or "OPEN the phone!".

"Georgie, you're supposen't to watch TV with the lights closed. Open a light so you don't make your eyes sick."

My Dad also makes up words in Greek.

I was writing a story for Greek school one time as a kid, and I asked my Dad to give me some Greek names for characters. He suggested 'Rita Heziorthia' and 'Andreas Popovromokolaros'. Well, when I got my paper back the next week, I there were red "X"s all over it and I had to go see the principal.

I can't say what those words mean on a.net. But the pricinpal told my father that I was a very disrespectful child and that I was supposen't to use words like that.

My Dad says it was the hardest time he's ever had keeping a straight face.
 
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RE: The Changing English Language

Tue Oct 04, 2005 9:44 pm

Quoting AeroWesty (Thread starter):
It may be time to invest in a new dictionary.

I just use http://www.m-w.com/
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RE: The Changing English Language

Wed Oct 05, 2005 1:15 am

Quoting Canuckpaxguy (Reply 3):
He suggested 'Rita Heziorthia' and 'Andreas Popovromokolaros'.

 rotfl 

I think I understood what those mean....well your Dad has a good sense of humour Big grin

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RE: The Changing English Language

Wed Oct 05, 2005 1:47 am

Quoting Canuckpaxguy (Reply 3):
Or the misused words: "CLOSE the light!"

Funny! I remember hearing that and similar things growing up. My favorite is "lower the TV/stereo/radio." (i.e. turn down the volume).
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