Google, Spyware Added to Dictionary
The eleventh edition of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary is set to officially bring 100 new words into the English lexicon, including a handful from the world of technology. "Google" is now a full-fledged verb that means using the Google search engine to retrieve information.
"Spyware" and "ringtone" are also new entrants into the dictionary, as well as "mouse potato," which means a person spending a great deal of time on the computer. Merriam-Webster lexicographers scour magazines, newspapers and Web sites in order to discover new phrases that are being used everyday. Also new to the dictionary: "supersize" and "bling."