15 August 2007

New Words in the Dictionary 2007

Along with crunk (music), DVR (digital recorder), ginormous (really big) and nocebo (a sugar pill that actually causes a negative reaction in a patient), a few of the new words to be added to the dictionary later this year are terms familiar to garden geeks and foodies.

From their site http://www.merriam-webster.com/info/newwords07.htm
"Here's a sample of the nearly 100 new words and senses now deemed ginormous enough to be included in the 2007 copyright version of the best-selling Merriam-Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary, Eleventh Edition—available this fall in bookstores everywhere. How many of these words are already a part of your vocabulary? "

hardscape
Main Entry: hard·scape

Pronunciation: \ˈhärd-ˌskāp\
Function: noun
Date: 1984
: structures (as fountains, benches, or gazebos) that are incorporated into a landscape



microgreen
Main Entry: mi·cro·green

Pronunciation: \ˈmī-krō-ˌgrēn\
Function: noun
Date: 1998
: a shoot of a standard salad plant (as celery or arugula)



viewshed
Main Entry: view·shed

Pronunciation: \ˈvyü-ˌshed\
Function: noun
Etymology: view + -shed (as in watershed)
Date: 1981
: the natural environment that is visible from one or more viewing points


I thought hardscape and microgreen were already officially considered words. Viewshed is a new one for me.

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