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.
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.
The term was coined on September 10, 1999 by Brad L. Graham, as a joke. It was re-coined in 2002 by William Quick, 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.
Despite the term’s humorous intent, CNN, the BBC, and National Public Radio‘s programs Morning Edition, Day 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 globalization, voter fatigue, and many other phenomena, and also in reference to identifying influential bloggers and “familiar strangers” in the blogosphere.
The 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.
I have been thinking recently about the twists and turns the music industry took when they had their great revolution; what we would now term, I imagine Music 2.0.
Back in the days of dial-up modems, the sound of the dial up modem wasn’t music to anyone’s ear, I don’t suppose, but I found the revolving triangle of the Netscape browser somewhat calming.
What wasn’t calming was the fear that the big music industry titans unleashed on music lovers when the lawsuits became frontpage news (when we bought the paper and got ink on our hands for reading it). There were more than several cases that were used to be an example for the Everyday Joe who ‘stole’ some billion dollar figure from music producers and performers every month and struck the fear into everyone on the world wide web. Yes, that’s what we called it in my day and we used all three words, as well.
Now, I wasn’t an offender, and I would swear this in a court of law, because being an artist and working in the industry myself, I had a special affinity for those that produced any art in any medium and didn’t get fair-recompense. I didn’t go all medieval on the friends that downloaded music, but I sympathized with the artists that were not getting the paychecks they would get otherwise.
But this can go two ways.
A lot of the problem back then was one great behemoth of an organization that took over the music industry. It didn’t allow for free market competition and allow the markets to even themselves out in the economic climate. It was known as BMI. We’ve all seen the talk that Laurence Lessing gave at Ted with the overpowering support the courts give to new innovations.
How does this relate to writing?
Well we are going through another sort of revolution in the publishing industry with ebooks, and it’s been going on for some time. We don’t have a behemoth industry to compare to BMI though some would call Amazon that giant, but there are plenty of other corporations that have the capacity to overtake them. It’s been done before. People can argue, and win in their minds, both ways when it comes to the pros and cons of Amazon.
And yet, every minute the landscape changes. See what BitLit has to say in the latest salvo here.
I think this is a fantastic idea and would like to see how it works. now logistically the writers publisher if it is a trad pub would have to set up (and pay for) ISBNs for all version: print, digital, audio and of course there are the markets outside of your particular nation; these would have to be coordinated as well. And this is just off the cuff thinking; there is surely much more cost and arranging for this idea to work be feasible.
What do you think of what BitLit has to offer? Comment below.
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In their continuing efforts to support self-published authors, Digital Book World has spotlighted a service that brings the traditional publishing services to authors through Bowker.
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