Podcast es la Palabra del Año

Podcast es la Palabra del Año

NEW YORK, Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ — Only a year ago, podcasting was an arcane

activity, the domain of a few techies and self-admitted “geeks.” Now you can

hear everything from NASCAR coverage to NPR’s All Things Considered in

downloadable audio files called “podcasts”. Thousands of podcasts are

available at the iTunes Music Store, and websites such as iPodder.com and

Podcast.net track thousands more. That’s why the editors of the New Oxford

American Dictionary have selected “podcast” as the Word of the Year for 2005.

Podcast, defined as “a digital recording of a radio broadcast or similar

program, made available on the Internet for downloading to a personal audio

player,” will be added to the next online update of the New Oxford American

Dictionary, due in early 2006.

Runners-up for the 2005 Word of the Year include:

bird flu (an often fatal flu virus of birds, esp. poultry, that is

transmissible from them to humans, in whom it may also prove fatal)

ICE (an entry stored in one’s cellular phone that provides emergency

contact information)

IDP (internally displaced person; someone forced to relocate within a

country because of a natural disaster or civil unrest)

IED (improvised explosive device, such as a car bomb)

lifehack (a more efficient or effective way of completing an everyday

task: “I found a great lifehack for getting a cheap hotel room.”)

persistent vegetative state (a condition in which a patient recovering

from a coma retains reflex responses and may appear wakeful, but has no

cognitive functions or other evidence of cerebral cortical activity)

reggaeton (a Latin American dance music which combines elements of reggae

music with hip-hop and rap.)

rootkit (software installed on a computer by someone other than the owner,

intended to conceal other programs or processes, files or system data.)

squick (cause immediate and thorough revulsion: “was anyone else squicked

by our waiter’s piercings?”)

sudoku (a logic-based puzzle consisting of squares that form grids within

a grid. Into each smaller grid, the numerals 1 through 9 are entered but not

repeated, and they may not be repeated in any row or column of the larger


trans fat (fat containing trans-fatty acids, considered unhealthier than

other dietary fats.)

Erin McKean, editor in chief of the New Oxford American Dictionary, said:

“Podcast was considered for inclusion last year, but we found that not enough

people were using it, or were even familiar with the concept. This year it’s a

completely different story. The word has finally caught up with the rest of

the iPod phenomenon.”

“Choosing the word of the year is incredibly difficult,” said McKean. “Not

just because of the enormous amount of data we look at-everything from blogs

to technical journals to suggestions sent to dictionaries@oup.com-but because

everyone has such strong opinions about what makes a word Word of the Year

material. You’d be amazed at how hard our editors campaign for their

favorites. I’m surprised nobody tried to bribe me — except that the only

thing I really want is more cool new words!”

SOURCE Oxford University Press

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