"Web 2.0" labelled as millionth English word
The English language now contains one million words, claims the Global Language Monitor, based in Texas. A new word is added to the language every 98 minutes - 14. 7 times a day.
The one millionth word is "Web 2.0", but could have been a whole range of technology terms, from Cloud Computing to Web 2.0. Here's the list, along with Pocket-lint's definitions:
Cloud computing - This term refers to a network setup where everything is stored on an external server, and only the interface is in front of you. Almost everything is streamed over the internet. Convenient and easy to back up, but security risks have been raised.
De-follow - This refers mainly to Twitter, but can also apply to Facebook. It means that you've stopped someone's updates appearing in your feeds, because you're not that interested in what they're doing.
De-friend - Much harsher than de-following, de-friending means that you're no longer listed as 'friends' on the service. It's much harder to undo without losing face, so it's reserved only for the most heinous individuals.
E-vampire - Standby mode on televisions, games consoles and other appliances can sometimes use nearly as much energy as having it permanently on. Turn it off at the plug instead, or buy one with a proper on/off switch.
Greenwashing - Re-branding an older product as "environmentally friendly" when it's not particularly great for the Environment. Ever wonder why you used to 'trade in' your old phone and get cashback towards a new one, but now it just gets 'recycled' for you? Greenwashing is why.
N00b - Popular among gamers for some time, this is now entering wider usage. It refers, sometimes derogatively, to someone who's new to something (usually a videogame). Don't throw it around unless you're sure that the person on the receiving end won't be offended.
Sexting - Popular among teenagers, but also among repressed office workers, this refers to sending filthy text messages or emails that you'd be mortified about if you accidentally sent them to your grandma.
Web 2.0 - The current generation of web services that feature hallmarks like social networking functionality, geolocation features, interoperability, collaboration and mashups of different types of content. Facebook is Web 2.0. Your average Geocities website isn't.
Linguists aren't happy with the announcement, calling the list arbitrary and unscientific. The Global Language Monitor has brushed off the criticism.