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One of the benefits of a sprawling, vibrant, receptive language such as English is its willingness--even eagerness--to embrace new words and expressions. With its lexicon of more than 600,000 words, English is by far the largest language in history, and its growth shows no sign of abating.
New words can come from everywhere and everything--from any discipline, specialty, or activity. 'Whatever the source of new words, their course through the language is hastened by the mass media in general and by media writers in particular.
The media not only help spread new language from all quarters, they also produce it when they coin terms to describe themselves and their activities. Media-related words are especially interesting because they often have social "resonance." They're not just …