Do other languages changes as much as the English language does? I’ve been working with words for most of my adult life. When I began, none of the computer jargon was part of our corporate knowledge. Now it is simply assumed that everyone will know what you mean when you say cursor or RAM or Super Drive. Now the language of “green” is also becoming ingrained into our collective psyche (a la “carbon footprint”).
Merriam-Webster editors are giving the following words serious consideration for entry in a Merriam-Webster dictionary:
- carbon footprint noun : a measure of the environmental impact of an activity or process
- ciabatta noun [Italian ciabatta slipper] : an Italian white bread
- mixed martial arts noun : a combat sport that permits fighting techniques derived from various martial arts disciplines
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