Friday, July 13, 2007


My favorite trivial news item of the week so far: "ginormous" will be in the dictionary, or at least the Merriam-Webster collegiate edition. So will "crunk," "Bollywood" and "sudoku."

The major criterion for inclusion in the collegiate edition is for the word to show up enough in mainstream writing. (Some English professors don't care for this, as you might imagine.)

What word would you like to see in the dictionary that's not already there?

They're flush with cash: Visitors to public toilets in Japan have been discovering envelopes filled with money from an unknown benefactor.

An unusual Kodak moment: Workers in Minnesota used a video camera to rescue a dog that had become trapped in a sewer pipe.

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