Podcasting, n. Now Part Of The Definitive Record Of The English Language

Dec 15th, 2008 | By | 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:

podcasting n.

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 of podcasting (the technology) as a means of making audio material available has seen podcasting (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 current OED quarterly release also includes other members of the same family: podcast as a noun and a verb, podcaster, and even the somewhat ungainly adjective podcasted.

About time, eh?

via GrammarGirl

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3 Responses to “Podcasting, n. Now Part Of The Definitive Record Of The English Language”

  1. Jeff says:

    It’s great that podcasting has received this type of validation, although I don’t think this is a market moving event! It is interesting though that neither video (still references only audio) nor really an explanation about what podcasting actually is in terms of RSS packaging of media are included in this definition. See Wikipedia’s definition, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podcasting.

  2. Dani says:

    Websters must be slumming it then when it comes to language 😉


    If that’s Oxford’s official definition it needs some work!

  3. Quite a lot of progress since the word first appeared in the Guardian!

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