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#2842: FWD - Oxford English Dictionary adds "Macoute" to listings (fwd)
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Macoute? You Can Look It Up
Updated 11:33 AM ET March 14, 2000
LONDON (Reuters) - The venerable Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is going
online with a flurry of new words.
The international flavor of today's English is illustrated as macoute -- a
Haitian term for a bad man -- maginnis -- an Australian wrestling hold -- and
mack -- meaning a 'smooth' seductive talker in the United States -- join
other new words from around the world.
If you are in KwaZulu-Natal you should be careful of mafufunyana -- a form of
hysteria often believed to be the result of evil spirits while in Canada a
macoun is an apple.
The M entries are being revised first because researchers wanted to work on a
section which had a consistent editorial style rather than entries earlier in
the alphabet that were made before a pronounced style had really developed,
the OED said.
John Simpson, chief editor of the OED, said: "Delivering the OED online will
represent the achievement of a major goal, but this is only part of the
More than 300 staff and advisers are completely revising the OED -- the first
revision since it was originally completed in 1928.
Peace and love,
Bon Mambo Racine Sans Bout Sa Te La Daginen
"Se bon ki ra",
Good is rare - Haitian Proverb
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