Merriam-Webster, those purveyors of dictionaries, announced that “approximately 100” (can’t they count?) new words would be in the 2007 update of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition.
For reasons unbeknownst to me, I can’t seem to find the entire list. Here are 20 of the new words.
Some of my favorite new words:
Viewshed: (as in watershed. The natural environment that is visible from one or more viewing points). This one is going in the next land listing!
Smackdown: (the act of knocking down or bringing down an opponent). As in, “Did you read the Dual Agency Smackdown at Bloodhond Blog?”
Hardscape: (structures (as fountains, benches, or gazebos) that are incorporated into a landscape). Usually from hardscaping services. I thought it already was a word.
This ginormous parcel of land, uncluttered with hardscape, has an amazing unzillowable viewshed.
Surprisingly, “blogosphere” does not appear to be in the dictionary. Good! Stop using it! That word drives me batty for reasons I can’t really explain. I prefer “blogiverse” (also not in the dictionary, but feel free to use it).