Paul Boutin at the Valleywag blog is a man after my own heart. He's geeking out over the new words being added to Merriam-Webster's 2008 edition, due out September 1 (but online now), and got a sneak peek at "the 25 most populist of the new entries as a teaser." Among them:
edamame noun (1951) : immature green soybeans usu. in the pod
pescatarian noun (1993) : a vegetarian whose diet includes fish
phytonutrient n (1994) : a bioactive plant-derived compound (as resveratrol) associated with positive health effects
prosecco noun (1881) : a dry Italian sparkling wine
soju noun (1978) : Korean vodka distilled from rice
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