Thursday, April 6, 2006

Labradoodle Makes The Dictionary

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The phrase “The labradoodle crowd-surfed while smoking a doobie” sounds nonsensical but the words aren’t nonsense to the word nerds who put together the Oxford English Dictionary.

Oxford has just announced its newest words and “crowd- surfing,” “doobie” and “labradoodle” – a cross between a labrador and a poodle – have finally made the list.

Jesse Sheidlower, the OED’s Editor at Large, says his wordsmiths use various criteria to determine if a word is merely slang, including its age and how widely it is used.

That means “truthiness” – which was selected as 2005’s top new word by the American Dialect Society – may have an unspeakably long wait before it gets into the dictionary.

Sheidlower says that’s because usage of the word – which was coined by the Comedy Central's The Colbert Report – “is limited and not entirely representative of the way the [show] uses it.”

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