Word of the Year Announced by Oxford American Dictionary

If you’re a fan of eating homegrown food, then you’re going to like the new word of the year from the New Oxford American Dictionary.

This year’s word is locavore, a word that refers to someone who eats locally grown food. According the the Oxford University Press blog,

“locavore” was coined two years ago by a group of four women in San Francisco who proposed that local residents should try to eat only food grown or produced within a 100-mile radius. Other regional movements have emerged since then, though some groups refer to themselves as “localvores” rather than “locavores.”

Hmmmm…not a very exciting new word. I actually liked one of the runner-ups better, previvor: “A person who does not have cancer, but who has either precancerous cells or a genetic mutation known to cause cancer.”

Check out the full article from the Oxford University Press blog to see the other runner-ups.

3 Responses

  1. Joshua says:

    For a site that’s about literacy, I’d assume
    you’d get that ‘runner-ups’ is incorrect.

    I’ve added ‘locavores’ to my vocab though,
    so thanks.

  2. Sandra MacLiammoir says:

    Of course it should have been, ‘runners-up.’

  3. Nick says:

    Joshua and Sandra: Thanks for pointing that out–I missed it when I was proofreading. And yes, Joshua, this site is about literacy, but it’s also written by a human being, which means mistakes are bound to happen.

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