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McWorld words enter Webster

New York, July 2 (AFP): Fed up with your McJob' Then curb your agita with a phat brewski and be grateful you didn’t throw away your last dead presidents on the latest dead-cat bounce on the market.

Or, in other words... if you’re tired of your low-paid, dead-end employment, then drown your anxiety with a gratifying beer and give thanks that you didn’t lose your last dollars on a brief and insignificant recovery in stock prices.

The 11th edition of the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary was published yesterday, bringing with it 10,000 new words considered worthy of entry into the American lexicon.

From “bogart” (to bully or intimidate) to “funplex” (an entertainment complex), the new dictionary offers to guide users through the ever-changing landscape of the English language.

Updated with a new edition every 10 years, the Merriam-Webster compiles around 100,000 citations of new words every year.

While some of the words may not seem especially new — such as “headhunt” (to recruit personnel for top-level jobs) or “bubble” (state of booming economic activity) — it is the increased frequency of their usage in print that determines their inclusion.

“For example, if ‘brewski’ is in, it simply means it appeared in print more frequently, even though it was probably spoken for decades,” said Merriam-Webster editor Peter Sokolowski.

“Our main criterion for inclusion is whether or not we assume a reader is likely to encounter a certain word,” he said. “We don’t ignore words that might be offensive or slangy. If we believe there is a reasonable likelihood of coming across a word, we are obligated to put it in.”

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