One Million Words

The Christian Science Monitor reported today that the english language has added its one millionth word.  Care to guess what that word is?

Have no fear, there is a company in Texas that tracks this sort of stuff.

The word:

Web 2.0

Really?  Isn’t that a little too convenient?  And how come “Web 2.0” is just being added to the lexicon now?  Wikipedia sites its first use in 1999:

The term “Web 2.0” was coined by Darcy DiNucci in 1999, in her article “Fragmented Future.”

Ten years to be officially recognized?  I don’t think so.  It all seems a little too much like a marketing ploy for someone – I’m not exactly sure who.

What about 999,999?

“Chengguan,” defined as “Urban management officers, a cross between mayors, sheriff, and city managers.”

On the other side of one million, phrase 1,000,001 is “Financial Tsunami,” appropriate enough for these rocky economic times.

C’mon!  “Financial Tsunami”?!?!  That’s not even a word, that’s just two words – put together.  A phrase, perhaps.  But not a “word.”  What’s next?  “Manufacturing Tidalwave?”


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