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How well do you know your dictionary.?
Testing campus on what's a real word and what's not
you've searched the dictionary for you're on the highway) and encouraged Park and her friends sugges
words on the left, you're not alone her to think again. some of these words mightbe inc
sey're Merriam-Webster online's Bezaire insisted that she had heard of urbandictionary.com.
t Looked-Up Words Not in the the concept in class. They were right. Of the 10
onary." Although "cognitive displaysia" is a all except "cognitive displaysi
thout a dictionary handy, a Daily made-up word, it has caught on in the included on the website.
ter asked students what they blogosphere. Googling it reveals that In comparison to urbandic
-ht of these words. Some were it is the title of several blogs. In their com, Merriam-Webster proved
in that none of them were in the entries, the bloggers confess that they are scant in its explanation of some
nary. Others weren't so sure. habitually forgetful and paranoid about it. Merriam-Webster's definitio
Vell,Isay'ginormous,"'biochemistry Hafeez said online communication "slickery" (adj. having a surfac
smore Jenny Buehler said. Buehler might be to blame for the creation of new wet and icy) wasn't nearly as
hree friends, who were sitting in the words. explicit as the definition p
igan Union's basement, agreed that Hafeez said that when having online by urbandictionary.com (adj.
mous is a commonly used word. conversations, her friends often use woman's vaginal area becomes
tistry sophomore Alison Ryan said words she hasn't heard before. She said to sexual arousal).
ormous, isn't in the dictionary now, that when she is in this situation, she The use of slang has a colorful
uld be. usually refers to an online dictionary, For example, urbandiction
ey were confident that "confuzzled" which may be the reason others look up describes the etymology of "wo
chillax" were not in the dictionary, words like "phonecrastinate" or "woot". truncated expression coined by p
"cognitive displaysia" sparked Another group of students had similar Dungeons and Dragons who ex
e. problems identifyingthe real words when "Wow, loot!"
think I've heard it in psych," LSA presented with the 10 words and their Dictionaries generally add ne'
more Noel Bezaire said. Bezaire's ostensible definitions. when they enter common usage.
d, LSA sophomore Kausar Hafeez, "I don't think any of these are actual LSA freshman Angela Li
ed to the definition of the word on a words," LSA junior Esther Park said. dictionaries shouldn't adapt
at a reporter provided them (n. the But Park said she couldn't be sure about popular use of certain words.
g you have before you even leave "cognitive displaysia" and "confuzzled" "I think the dictionary wouldg
ouse that you are going to forget (adj. confused and puzzled at the same thick after a while," Lin said.
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