Some of the words that were introduced in the 11th edition of the Chambers dictionary have green origins. BBC News reports:
"'Electrosmog' refers to the electromagnetic fields emitted by computers and mobile phones, 'eco-village' is a term used for small ecologically-sustainable communities and 'carbon footprint' is the measure of the impact human activities on the environment."
Of course, it doesn't really matter to most if words are in a dictionary or not, as long as others know what you're talking about. But these inclusions are a good sign that green concepts are getting firmly established in mainstream consciousness. Dictionary editor in chief Mary O'Neill said: "The new words we added to this 11th edition of The Chambers Dictionary paint a vivid picture of current interests and concerns."
Some of the other new word included in the Chambers are: 'credit crunch', 'wardrobe malfunction', 'social networking', 'fashion forward', and 'blue-on-blue'.
You can brush up on your greenspeak skills by checking out our Jargon watch series:
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More on Green Vocabulary in the Chambers Dictionary