The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday, 7-5:
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English is a living language, and the once staid old wordsmiths at our nation's publishing houses these days are working24-7 to get jiggy with it. Their handiwork can be seen every year in the fistful of new words and slangy expressions that find dubious immortality on the pages of latest-edition dictionaries.
Among the 100 or so entries making their etymological debut next month in the new edition of Random House Webster's New College Dictionary are my bad! (mea culpa), arm candy (attractive escort) and gaydar (ability to spot a homosexual).
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