Word Spy: Move over Merriam, We Have a Guest!
Move over Merriam-Webster, and make room on the virtual bookshelf. I have a new favorite word referencing site, and this one doesn’t care about old fuddy-duddy words like, well, “fuddy-duddy.”
Word Spy offers up the newest catchwords introduced into our lexicon by virtue of current events and growing technology. There are even examples and quotes so you can see where the word either originated or is generally used. Old Webster can’t be bothered with most of these yet as they haven’t been around long enough; but they are popping up in soundbites and feature articles. Here are a few samples of what you’ll find at Word Spy:
n. The destruction of a person’s career or reputation caused by lewd or insensitive Twitter posts. [twitter + immolation.]
-twimmolate v.(BAY.kun) n. Non-personal, non-spam email messages that you have signed up for, but do not necessarily want or have time to read. Also: BACN, bacon.
n. A choice between two positive or ideal things; a problem that actually demonstrates one’s good fortune.