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The Oxford Dictionary of New Words Hardcover – November 13, 1997
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The image of the linguist as a stodgy old stick-in-the-mud, circling misplaced commas and mumbling in dead tongues, is just not true--at least not entirely. Any linguist worth her salt knows that languages change and keeps up with those changes. To make that task easier, the folks at Oxford University Press have put out a dictionary of more than 2,500 new words and phrases that have been popularized since the late 1980s. Editors Elizabeth Knowles and Julia Elliott provide definitions, usage notes, and etymologies for jelly shoes, road rage, and hot-desking, not to mention tree-hugger, feminazi, McJob, get a life, and not! The English language is alive and kicking, and Oxford has its finger on the semantic pulse.
"The extensive use of citations makes this collection of neologisms fun to peruse."--William Safire, New York Times Magazine
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Here is a sampling of the new words:
1. misper - a missing person
2. FAQ - frequently asked questions, mostly on web sites
3. cashback - cash requested with a debit card purchase
4. spin doctor - political spokesperson who bends the truth
5. loyalty card - a retail card tracking customer purchases
6. drop-dead - referring to an attractive stunning person