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Jun 09

Metaneologicistical Edenmares

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So if a neologism is coined ever 98 minutes, say certain lexicographers, the English language will hit One Million Words TODAY! It surely behooves us at Freakytrigger to
a) pooh pooh this statistic
b) whilst at the same time coining the millionth word.

a) Actually the poohpoohing has already been done by The Guardian, the Guardianilists managing to elicitate this damninquote:

Professor David Crystal, professor of linguistics at Bangor University, called the idea “the biggest load of rubbish I’ve heard in years”. He said: “It is total nonsense. English reached 1 million words years ago. It’s like someone standing by the side of the road counting cars, and when they get to 1 million pronouncing that to be the millionth car in the world. It’s extraordinary.”

b) Well now that’s cleared up, what should that millionth word in English be. I feel Microsoft are very keen on verb usages of Bing to be it (Binging beats Googling hands down on your inputboard). Google is probably less keen (leekeen) on Chromecrash, what happens when you have down loaded the Mac Beta of Chrome. But I am sure we can come up with more…

Comments

  1. 1

    i was going to suggest we aim for the billionth, then i remembered no one remembers what a billion is: so here is my nu-word-for-the-day

    a dillion: larger than a million in the way that a billion is, but it doesn’t matter and anyway no one knows how much it is, except it’s a lot less than a bazillion or a grillion and not at all made up

  2. 2
    Pete Baran on 11 Jun 2009 #

    BAH:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8092549.stm
    In what way is Web 2.0 the millionth word? In as much as IN WHAT WAY IS IT A WORD? It is a word and a number. WITH A SPACE IN BETWEEN.

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