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.
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.