Originally published Apr 13, 2007
Catherine Holahan at BusinessWeek.com has written a nice, though brief, article about the trouble lexicographers have keeping up with all the new words that are being rapidly created and disseminated on the web (e.g. wiki, google, vlog, mash-up). Lexicographers have not traditionally allowed new words into their dictionaries until those words show evidence of consistent and sustained written use. Now that everyone’s writing on the web, the criteria for inclusion are much harder to define and apply. Though this story is not specifically about names, it discusses word-coining strategies relevant to naming, and mentions some words that have been derived from trademarks. It’s worth a look.