Thursday, July 06, 2006

New Merriam-Webster Words

Merriam-Webster Collegiate® Dictionary is adding almost 100 new words to its 2006 edition for the fall. Below is a sampling of some of the new words:

Main Entry: sandwich generation
Function: noun
: a generation of people who are caring for their aging parents while supporting their own children

Main Entry: ag·ri·tour·ism
Pronunciation: "a-gri-'tur-"i-z&m
Function: noun
Etymology: agriculture + tourism
: the practice of touring agricultural areas to see farms and often to participate in farm activities

Main Entry: uni·brow
Pronunciation: 'y├╝-n&-"brau
Function: noun
: a single continuous brow resulting from the growing together of eyebrows

The full sample list can be viewed
here. I personally am not a fan of Merriam-Webster. I prefer Wiktionary for all of my definition needs.

No comments: