90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Wednesday, November 2, 2011

American Heritage Makes Some Hefty Additions

Get Wordified (not yet in the new dictionary)! This is Robin Young's portrait, as generated by the American Heritage Dictionary's Web site "You Are Your Words."

Get Wordified (not yet in the new dictionary)! This is Robin Young's portrait, as generated by the American Heritage Dictionary's Web site "You Are Your Words."

Ten years in the making, weighing in at seven and a half pounds, with 10,000 new words on its 2,084 pages, the Fifth Edition of the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language hits bookstores this week.

In addition to the print dictionary, costing about $60, the dictionary is also available as an iPhone app and online.

Some of the new words you’ll find:

back•ro•nym (băk’rə-nĭm′)
n.
An acronym coined from an existing word or name. For example, wiki is a backronym when used for what I know is because wiki is a word whose original meaning is “collaborative website.”

egg•corn (ĕg ′ kôrn)
n.
A series of words that result from the misunderstanding of a word or phrase as some other word or phrase having a plausible explanation, as free reign for free rein, or to the manor born for to the manner born (from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet).

ol•lie (ŏl′ē)
n. 1. A skateboarding maneuver in which the rider lifts the board into the air by pressing down on it with the rear foot, raising the front foot, and then raising the rear foot.
2.
A similar maneuver in snowboarding in which the rider lifts the front foot and then the rear foot to spring into the air without going off a ramp.

u•vu•lo•pal•a•to•pha•ryn•go•pla•sty (yvyə-lō-pălə-tō-fə-rĭng′gə-plăstē)
n.
A surgical procedure for treating severe obstructive sleep apnea, in which the airway at the back of the throat is widened by the removal of excess soft tissue including the uvula, tonsils, and part of the soft palate.

Guest:


Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Spotlight

We now have a digital bookshelf! Explore all our books coverage or browse by genre.

Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

January 23 4 Comments

How ‘The Good War’ In Afghanistan Went Bad

Jack Fairweather's new book argues the war could turn out to be the defining tragedy of the 21st century.

January 23 4 Comments

How To Keep That Fitness Resolution

It's that time of year when the post-New Year's crowd at the gym starts to thin. We get advice on how to stick with it.

January 22 Comment

The Playwright Behind ‘Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike’

Christopher Durang's Tony Award-winning comedy is currently being performed in 27 regional theaters across the U.S.

January 22 25 Comments

EdX CEO Lays Out Disruptive Vision For Higher Ed

Anant Agarwal believes MOOCs — massive online courses — can be a disruptive force for good in higher education.