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What's The Word? How English Evolved This Decade

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What's The Word? How English Evolved This Decade

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What's The Word? How English Evolved This Decade

What's The Word? How English Evolved This Decade

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Linguist and regular Fresh Air essayist Geoff Nunberg says there's something to be learned from looking the new words that entered the lexicon in the last decade.

(Here's a sampling of such additions from the 2006 update of the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.)

Nunberg teaches at the School of Information at the University of California at Berkeley. He's the author of The Way We Talk Now, Going Nucular and Talking Right.