Hypermiling and other Words of the Year

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The New Oxford American Dictionary is getting the jump on the Words of the Year season. Yesterday it announced its winner, "hypermiling" (meaning doing nutsy stuff to improve your gas mileage), and runners-up.


Words of the Year lists are shameless bids for publicity, and I'm unashamedly publicizing this one because the New Oxford American is a great dictionary that deserves more recognition than it gets. The fact that the electronic version comes with Macs tells you something.

Full disclosure and more shameless publicity: Oxford has invited me to take part in panel discussions about dictionaries in Cambridge, Mass., this Thursday, November 14 (headliner Simon Winchester), and in Philadelphia next Tuesday, the 18th. I'm not saying nice things about NOAD just for that reason, though. It really is an excellent dictionary.
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