Mighty Red Pen

July 9, 2009

Staycation, all I never wanted

Filed under: Wordsworthy — mighty red pen @ 6:01 pm
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I don’t know why, but it strikes me as funny just right now that memory foam (“a dense polyurethane foam that becomes more pliable when in contact with heat”) is now a word in the Merriam-Webster dictionary.

Other new words include acai (“a small dark purple fleshy berrylike fruit of a tall slender palm (Euterpe oleracea) of tropical Central and South America that is often used in beverages”), frenemy (“one who pretends to be a friend but is actually an enemy”), locavore (“one who eats foods grown locally whenever possible”), and webisode (“an episode esp. of a TV show that may or may not have been telecast but can be viewed at a Web site”).

I’m a little sad to see staycation make it in if only because that was among my nominations for words I wouldn’t care if I never heard again, so making it into the dictionary seems to imply it’s going to be, er, staycating around these parts for a while.

1 Comment »

  1. I have to disagree with their definition of “webisode.” A webisode should strictly be an episode of an ongoing (television) series which is broadcast online originally, and should not apply to normal episodes being placed online.

    Comment by Asmor — July 10, 2009 @ 2:08 pm | Reply


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