Fanboy Is Now a Real English Word, Says Merriam-Webster

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Yes, it's official: you now can be a fanboy by the power of Grayskull and the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, which says the word is now part of the English language. They arrive a little late, because the Oxford American Dictionary in Apple's Mac OS X Leopard running on my Apple iMac 24" shows it, and so does the dictionary on my Apple PowerBook 17"-running Apple's Mac OS X Tiger-and also the automatic orthography corrector in my Apple iPhone. The Merriam-Webster added other geek terms which are not in the Oxford, though:

Netroots: the grassroots political activists who communicate via the internet especially by blogs


Webinar; a live online educational presentation during which participating viewers can submit questions and comments.

Pretexting: the practice of presenting oneself as someone else in order to obtain private information


Another word they added was malware-software designed to interfere with a computer's normal functioning-but that's in the Oxford too. [CNET]

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Webinar is geeky but it also has ties to business. In fact, I'm about as sick of hearing that as I am the phrases "think outside the box" and "perfect storm".