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Saturday, 4 October 2008

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OED makes room for nukular

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) announced Saturday that it is adding the word nukular to its words in common usage. The change was under consideration for several years due to President Bush's accent. Sarah Palin's repeated use of the term in Thursday's debate put it over the top.

"There was a long-term struggle among the editors," said OED CEO Michael Palin. "Some of the old school types felt that we should stick with only the formal nuclear, but there's a new breed that are more open to modern usage." Palin denied that the connection with his distant cousin, Sarah Palin, played any role in the decision.

Palin referenced a number of other prominent individuals who show the new usage, including Homer Simpson, Paris Hilton, and Stephen Hawking. "There's a groundswell of support for nukular, so we have to adapt."

Other terms under consideration include jiggy, milf, and spoof. Decisions on these words should be made within the next decade.

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