The New Oxford American Dictionary, Second Edition, "the gold standard of American
dictionaries," has added more than 2,000 new words to the latest printing.
Among them are many techno-speak terms like: adbot, blogosphere, Bluetooth, code
monkey, dataveillance, hacktivist, infoholic, lurker, malware, megapixel, phishing,
RFID, snert, and wiki. Polito-speak words include: al Qaeda, antiterrorism, bunkerbuster,
faith-based, Falun Gong, frankenfood, Gitmo, hate crime, intelligent design and
greenwash. Popular culture has given birth to the officially recognized new words:
9/11, air rage, Amber alert, conflict diamond, death metal, fake bake, permatemp,
reality TV, road rage, safe room, sizeism, smart mob, smokeasy, supersize, Texas
Hold 'em, trustafarian, and barista. If you find this comical, then maybe some of
these new funny words will amuse you even more: buckle bunny, cankle, clueful, cone
of silence, FUD, ginormous, Joe Schmo, ka-ching, labradoodle, noogie, prairie-dogging,
Raelian, shojo, snivel gear and unobtainium. Being at a loss for words is getting
harder all the time.