Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Semantic antics

We are on the cusp of a lexical landmark.

The millionth word in the English language is on the verge of being coined, according to the BBC. Once a word has been used 25,000 times on social networking sites it can be declared a new word, and lexicon on the street is that the millionth word will be recognised at 1022 GMT today.

That gives me about an hour and twenty minutes to get "Oohhaveyoureadedwinsraisinyet" out there. I'm hoping the ensuing press hoopla, brouhaha and ballyhoo will take me from 5 followers to 5,000 by the end of the day, earn me vast sums of money (this part to be worked out) and assure my ascension to the throne of a small nation.

So. Here we go. A journey of a thousand miles begins with one small step! "Oohhaveyoureadedwinsraisinyet."

Watch this space.

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