Closet Word Geek’s Predictions Come True

I am a closet word geek. I have a Google Drive Document with predictions on common usage words, and when they will become official; in other words, inked into a dictionary. This announcement is not earth shattering news but the following is quite shocking in the annuals of lexiconic rules.
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GalleyCat has just announced in an article by Jason Boog that the Oxford English Dictionary has added “tweet’ and ‘crowdsourcing’ to its lexicon.

OED Chief Editor, John Simpson (pictured above), wrote an article about the two new additions. The source of the words is always something a geek is interested in, and Mr. Simpson understands this. He attributed ‘crowdsourcing’ to the author of a WIRED article by Jeff Howe which was published in 2006.

Concerning other words that would be relegated to the Urban Dictionary, the OED has already adopted words that, are far less used than ‘tweet’, in my opinion. As Jason Boog notes in GalleyCat:

AllTwitter has more about the Twitter additions to the dictionary:

The OED added the word “tweetable” to its listing in February 2013, and “retweet” in August 2011. Other tech terms in this round of 1,200 newly revised and updated words, bringing the OED’s total number of entries to more than 823,000

As a sidenote, I worked with the man who brought the well-known word ‘blogosphere’ to our English lexicon. Brad Graham was his name and sadly he is no longer with us, passing at a young age. But he will always be remembered for his wit and his word-usage. Wikipedia will always have him in its archives.

History [edit]

The term was coined on September 10, 1999 by Brad L. Graham, as a joke.[1][2] It was re-coined in 2002 by William Quick,[3] and was quickly adopted and propagated by the warblog community. The term resembles the older word logosphere (from Greek logos meaning word, and sphere, interpreted as world), “the world of words”, the universe of discourse.[4][5]

Despite the term’s humorous intent, CNN, the BBC, and National Public Radio‘s programs Morning EditionDay To Day, and All Things Considered have used it several times to discuss public opinion. A number of media outlets in recent years have started treating the blogosphere as a gauge of public opinion, and it has been cited in both academic and non-academic work as evidence of rising or falling resistance to globalizationvoter fatigue, and many other phenomena,[6] and also in reference to identifying influential bloggers[7] and “familiar strangers” in the blogosphere.[8][9]


Displays interconnections throughout the all blogsThe Blogoshere, Image cred: Wikipedia

The Wikipedia article is full of great information for word geeks and tech geeks, of which I fall into both groups. Please say a silent hello to Brad when you read it. You would have loved his sense of humor. He saved many a staff meeting from lack of levity.

I can only hope that the spellcheckers are updated accordingly as I am tired of convincing the apps that crowdsourcing is indeed a word.

What word do you wish would finally be moved into the Oxford English Dictionary? Leave your comments below.

2 thoughts on “Closet Word Geek’s Predictions Come True

  1. Oh, I agree. I don’t condone the decision, and I’m sure Mr. Simpson doesn’t either. I should reword the prompt at the end as I never wished for it; just knew with its usage that it would wind up as a verb in the dictionary. I read a book about the derivation of words and there have been friendships lost over the eventual decisions to include words in dictionaries. The drama that goes on behind the scenes of dictionary publications is quite a story.
    Ironically, Twitter causes so many to resort to the bastardization of English, I’m sure there are a great many people shaking their head over the inclusion of “tweet”.

  2. Have to admit, Lee, that I kinda wish tweet (the verb) wouldn’t have made it :). Blogosphere, yes, that’s a great word. Thanks for the history. But I really wonder…just how long will tweeting be around?

Any thoughts on this? What is your opinion?