‘One-millionth word to be added to English language in June’May 7th, 2009 - 2:24 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 7 (ANI): Linguistic experts have revealed that the one-millionth word will be added to the English language next month.
The experts say since English has become the world’s main language, new words are being introduced at the rate of 14.7 a day, reports The Sun.
And they forecast the vocabulary will top the one million mark at 10.22am on June 10.
Contenders include “defriend” when pals are crossed off Internet social networking lists.
Others are “greenwashing” - coined by environmentalists to describe misleading information - and “noob,” a new computer game player.
Also, the word “chiconomics” is there, which is the fashion industry’s buzzword for the slump.
In Shakespeare’s day there were only two million speaking fewer than 100,000 words.
The predictions came from the Texas-based Global Language Monitor. It is made up of academics and wordsmiths who have been tracking word creation since 2003. (ANI)
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