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posted by mrpg on Tuesday March 13 2018, @03:51AM   Printer-friendly
from the at-least-we-don't-use-kanjis dept.

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The language doesn't take a vacation, and neither does the dictionary. The words we use are constantly changing in big ways and small, and we're here to record those changes. Each word has taken its own path in its own time to become part of our languageā€”to be used frequently enough by some in order to be placed in a reference for all. If you're likely to encounter a word in the wild, whether in the news, a restaurant menu, a tech update, or a Twitter meme, that word belongs in the dictionary.

[...] In recent years, the richest source of these newly adopted foreign-language words has been the world of food-or, perhaps we should say: the food of the world.

[...] The sometimes perplexing domain of digital financial exchanges opens a window into a subject that requires explanation for many of us, hence the detailed definition of cryptocurrency

[...] Health care, both physical and psychological, gives us many new words as well. Neoadjuvant refers to treatment for a disease or condition that is administered before the primary treatment in order to improve the likelihood of a successful outcome

Source: The Dictionary Just Got a Whole Lot Bigger (archive, because "adblocker" is not their favorite word)

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  • (Score: 2, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 13 2018, @12:53PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 13 2018, @12:53PM (#651792)

    From my experience? "Literally literally".

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  • (Score: 2) by acid andy on Tuesday March 13 2018, @05:56PM

    by acid andy (1683) on Tuesday March 13 2018, @05:56PM (#651902) Homepage Journal

    Interesting. I suppose "figuratively figuratively" might also serve a similar purpose. No, your Honor, I was not being literally figurative. I was being figuratively figurative. Which is to say, what I said was not figurative. It was literal. It was literally literal.

    Where did that thought come from? And that one? What about this one? Woah, man...