Podcasting, n. Now Part Of The Definitive Record Of The English LanguageDec 15th, 2008 | By James Lewin | Category: General, Podcasting, Strange
The latest version of the Oxford English Dictionary – described as the the definitive record of the English language – has added podcasting:
A very new word, for a recent phenomenon, and a great example of how technological change, especially that relating to the Internet and the media, can be a driving force not only in generating new words, but in determining whether they survive and succeed.
In this case the rapid adoption ofÂ podcastingÂ (the technology) as a means of making audio material available has seenÂ podcastingÂ (the word) move quickly from its first tentative steps in 2004, as only one of a number of suggested names for the process, to near-ubiquity in 2008.
The currentÂ OEDÂ quarterly release also includes other members of the same family:Â podcastÂ as a noun and a verb,Â podcaster, and even the somewhat ungainly adjective podcasted.
About time, eh?