Global Language Monitor to declare the millionth English word
Let's take a break from the serious gaming news for now and just have a little fun with this next one. Have you heard the latest from the Global Language Monitor? According to this latest report, they're about to declare a new word to be officially recognized as a legit term, and this a word that all of us involved in the gaming scene hear and read everyday.
In case you haven't heard of the Global Language Monitor, they're the guys responsible for watching the language evolve and eventually decide which words will be recognized and promoted to actual words and which ones stay as mere expressions and utterances. The GLM keeps track of new utterances, and once they're used 25,000 by credible media outlets, social networking sites, and other public sources, presto - they declare it as a new word. Of course, Oxford or Webster may have a different say in the matter.
Anyway. the one millionth word in the English language could be - NOOB. It's not even "newbie" from which the word was based. As defined by the Urban Dictionary, a noob is "someone who is new to a game, or website, online game, or something." There are, of course, different connotations and derogatory notions about the term, but that's basically it. And just a note, adding "or something" to a definition really kills the creds.
There are other words that might beat noob to the honor, like "defriend," but British publications like The Daily Telegraph, The Sun, and The Independent, are all pointing to noob as the newbie word in the language.