FishbowlNY FishbowlDC LostRemote InsideMobileApps InsideSocialGames 10,000 Words TVNewser TVSpy AgencySpy PRNewser MediaJobsDaily UnBeige

Anna Curzan Questions “What Makes a Word ‘Real’?”

Do you consider “hangry” to be a genuine English word?

Anne Curzan, an English professor and language historian, gave a talk (embedded above) at a TEDx conference on “What makes a word ‘real’?” During her presentation, she mentioned several slang words including “defriend,” “adorkable,” and “YOLO.”

Here’s an excerpt from her talk: “So how does a word get into a dictionary? It gets in because we use it and we keep using it, and dictionary editors are paying attention to us. If you’re thinking, ‘But that lets all of us decide what words mean,’ I would say, ‘Yes it does, and it always has.’”

Mediabistro Course

Develop a Freelance Career

Develop a Freelance CareerStarting November 3, learn the skills you need to build a thriving career as a freelancer! Taught by a New York-based freelancer, Lauren Waterman will teach you how to develop salable ideas, write compelling pitches and communicate with editors, and track and submit all of your freelance expenses. Register now!