Annoying internet nonsense once again invades the senescent world of dead-tree lexicography. Stephanie Reitz of the AP reports that the likes of “woot” and “webinar” have entered Merriam-Webster’s 2008 dictionary. Screw you, Merriam and Webster! This is the dictionary which implies that “irregardless” might one day meet general acceptance.
There are some good additions, however. “Fanboy” will no longer be a target of Mrs. Buttermer’s red pen, for example, and nor will the 1954-vintage “mondegreen,” referring to a misheard phrase or lyric, finally gets its due. If that can wait a half-century, why not bullshit like “netroots” and “infinity pool?”
MW dates “fanboy” to 1919! This presents an image of pre-war urchins arguing over whether the Brunswick-Balke-Collender Supertronordion with Ultona Tone Arm or the Edison Diamond Disk Phonograph Victrola offered a more authentic reproduction of the Black Bottom Stomp-fox trot’s natural sound.