Merriam-Webster announced the "2004 Words of the Year".
"We've sorted through thousands of user hits from Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary, Online Thesaurus, and Merriam-Webster Collegiate.com to find the ten words that have most consistently piqued your curiosity this past year" said the editors of Merriam-Webster Online...And the #1 Word of the Year is...That's right you've guessed it, this four-letter word, meaning :
"a Web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer."
is the big word. And it wasn't yet officially in the dictionary. A spokesman for the dictionary publisher says "starting in July it showed up consistently in the top 50 words every day and that translates into tens of thousands of requests,...It was by far the most looked-up word... The word "Blog", short for Weblog, had been slated for inclusion in the 2005 annual update of both the print and online versions of Merriam-Webster's 11th Collegiate Dictionary, but in face of the demand, the company quickly added an early definition to some of its online sites".
Just so that we put it all in better perspective,here
is how a word gets into Merriam-Webster dictionary i.e "typically, it takes about 20 years of usage to become prominent enough to merit a place in an abridged dictionary, such as the Collegiate".
is one of the few exceptions...