Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Remember that scene from "The Jerk" when Navin R. Johnson gets excited over the arrival of the new phone book? He exclaims "The new phone book's here! The new phone book's here!"

Well the craft beer world had its own Navin R. Johnson moment this week. The folks at Merriam-Webster released the list of "new" words added to their Collegiate Dictionary. Among the new entries, "craft beer."
  • craft beer n (1986) : a specialty beer produced in limited quantities : microbrew

But it, gets better. Among the new words added thus year, we also see:
  • gastropub n (1996) : a pub, bar, or tavern that also offers meals of high quality
  • man cave n (1992) : a room or space (as in a basement) designed according to the taste of the man of the house to be used as his personal area for hobbies and leisure activities

To use another "new word," is this a game changer?
  • game changer n (1993) : a newly introduced element or factor that changes an existing situation or activity in a significant way

To paraphrase Navin "Things are going to start happening to [us] now."

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