The Word of the Year? 'Infosnacking'

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Webster dictionary editors have made their choice for word of the year: "infosnacking." It describes time spent on the computer at work doing things that aren't work-related.


Infosnacking is the 2005 word of the year as chosen by editors at Webster's New World College dictionary. They define infosnacking as those stolen moments at work at which we sneak time to handle personal e-mail, Google sports scores, old friends or shop online. Finishing just behind infosnacking in the poll of Webster's editors was the word portafuel, which refers to hand snacks that are considered marginally more healthy than fast food. And the expression `perfect storm,' which after this year's hurricanes jumped from meteorology and George Clooney's lips into common usage.

Webster's cautions that winning word of the year does not guarantee a word eventual inclusion in their dictionary. Past word winners include E-dash to precede almost anything that transpires over the Internet, and senior moment, which I just can't remember right now.

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