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Monday, 14 April 2008

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Wow-a-new-Word award.

Yesterday, the UK Government officially welcomed the word 'Celebutante' into the English language by presenting it with the prestigious Wow-a-new-Word award.

'Celebutante' is officially the three millionth word to be added to the English language since 1066 and is only the third word to win such an ward, with 'Avast' winning the one millionth award in 1681, and 'Nihilarian' the award for the 2 millionth word in 1962.

"We really needed this new word" said Mr. Webster who helped create the word and is also CEO of the famed Webster's Dictionary.

"It's a marvelous word and I'm sure this award will help us get it licensed for public use"

Webster's team of top specialists spent many months looking for ways to describe Paris Hilton and similar young women from rich families who receive a large amount of media attention.

The project was commissioned by CBS scriptwriters, limited by the lack of appropriate words and a poor education.

"We intend to use this word at the earliest opportunity" said a CBS spokesperson.
"We started working on a sentence some months ago and this new word should slot in quite nicely. With suitable voice coaching I'm sure that even Katie Couric will soon master the new word"

Websters is responsible for all new official English words but, before a word is licensed for general use, it must successfully pass vigorous tests.

"Even slang words are thoroughly tested before release" added Mr. Webster. When asked which slang words he had invented recently, Mr. Webster, 67, replied with a smile, "'butt-hurt', a word I created specifically for the US market."

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