作者：沪江英语编译 来源：grammar.net 2011-04-22 16:28
Oxford University Press has one of the largest language research programs in the world and continuously scours the internet, popular fiction, science journals, and even song lyrics for words creeping into the English language. At one time, 2-3 years of use was required before a new word/term appeared in the Oxford English Dictionary, but the internet has cranked the speed of language evolution. Oxford says, “We select those which we judge to be the most significant or important and those which we think are likely to stand the test of time.”
Something has happened that is unexplained or seems almost magical. "I tried to put that piece in twice, but on the third try, it automagically fit".
One of the new words in English 2010 that is actually an old concept,"steampunk" is a science fiction genre with steam-powered machinery, people in Victorian clothing, with plenty of gears and goggles. “The Time Machine”, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”, and “Frankenstein” are steampunk novels.
"Little black dress"–typically short on both top and bottom, with little decoration, and useful for nearly any occasion. It is minimal to call attention to the wearer without distracting.
A computer of 2-3 pounds, smaller and cheaper than a laptop. Rugged, cheap, and very portable, they are ideal for young students.
Birthed by sites such as Facebook, this means to remove someone from a friends list. There was quite a stir: in 2009, Oxford added the word "unfriend", but many thought this incorrect. Discussions popped up all over the interwebs–some more heated than others–so the following year, Oxford added, "Defriend: another term for unfriend (remove someone from a list of friends or contacts on a social networking site."
Anyone who watched South Africa’s 2010 World Cup knows that a vuvuzela is a 2′ plastic horn with a particularly loud note. Originally carved from antelope horn and used to call villagers together, vuvuzelas are viewed by many as symbols of South Africa, though not everyone likes them.