Wednesday, July 9, 2008

JULY 9, 2008

Every year, the people over at Merriam-Webster add a bunch of new words to their Collegiate Dictionary which have become part of the American lexicon (which means you use them in everyday life).

--This year, just over 100 words were added to the dictionary. Here's a list of some of the more interesting additions, along with their definitions:

--Air quotes: A gesture made by raising and flexing the index and middle fingers of both hands, used to call attention to a spoken word or expression.

--Dirty bomb: A bomb designed to release radioactive material.

--Dwarf planet: A celestial body that orbits the sun and has a spherical shape, but is too small to disturb other objects from its orbit.

--Edamame: Immature green soybeans, usually in the pod.

--Kiteboarding: The sport of riding on a small surfboard propelled across water by a large kite, to which the rider is harnessed.

--Malware: Software designed to interfere with a computer's normal functioning.

--Mental health day: A day that an employee takes off from work to relieve stress or renew vitality.

--Subprime: 1: Having or being an interest rate that is higher than a prime rate and is extended especially to low-income borrowers; 2: Extending or obtaining a subprime loan.

--Supercross: A motorcycle race held in a stadium on a dirt track having hairpin turns and high jumps.

--Texas Hold 'em: Poker in which each player is dealt two cards face down and all players share five cards dealt face-up.

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Okay, yesterday I gave Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban grief for naming their daughter Sunday Rose since she was born on a Monday. Turns out I'm the one who's not that bright.

NICOLE KIDMAN and KEITH URBAN named their daughter Sunday Rose Kidman Urban. Would you like to know why? "Sunday" came from Sunday Reed, a famous muse and patron of the arts in Australia. Nicole's father suggested it.

"Rose" was the name of Keith Urban's late grandmother.