Collins Dictionary Asks People to Submit New English Words

By: Katherine Vong - Published: Jul 18, 2012 • References: collinsdictionary & wired
If there's an English word you think is used often enough ("lol" perhaps?) to warrant being in a dictionary, now you can submit the word to the publisher Collins for a chance to have it included in the Collins Dictionary website.

In an effort to make recorded English "more democratic," Collins is encouraging people to submit words and supply their own definitions for them. They will subsequently be reviewed by Collins's editors, and if they accept the word, the submitter will be credited on the Collins Dictionary site. Not only will they get their name associated with the term, the word will also be accompanied by the submitter's Twitter handle.

In terms of how the words will be judged, Wired reports that the editors will look at how frequent the word is used, along with the number of sources and the word's staying power. So far, the Collins team has already submitted words of their own, including "mantyhose and "twitlit." Stats for Crowdsourced Dictionary Terms Trending: Older & Chilly
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