‘fanboy’ now a ‘real’ word

Geek culture is once again showing its influence over the mainstream lexicon in the latest version of the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, which includes word additions such as webinar, malware, netroots, pretexting (thank you Hewlett-Packard), and fanboy (thank you Apple).

Webinar is “one more example of the significant ongoing trend for electronic technologies to add words to the language,” Merriam-Webster publisher John Morse said in a Monday press release about the 100 or so new words in the 2008 edition of the influential reference guide.

That’s in line with Merriam-Webster’s choice of the term “wOOt”–with its roots in video game culture–as the word of the year for 2007. (link)

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