Wednesday, 10 June 2009

The millionth word

Web 2.0. At 10.22 this morning, the term officially the millionth 'word' entered into the English lexicon.

The Global Language Monitor acknowledges new words when they have appeared 25,000 times in the global print media, the web, the blogosphere and sites such as Twitter and YouTube.

Linguistic experts disagree on how to classify words, but under Global Language Monitor's criteria a word is generated every 98 minutes. The 1,000,001st term to register 25,000 citations is 'financial tsunami', it said.

Despite having more than a million words at our disposal, the average person's vocabulary is fewer than 14,000.

I like the word discombobulate. What's your favourtite word?

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