21st Century English Vocabulary - By Sue Engineer
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This is an article reviewing the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.
From the text: English constantly renews itself by borrowing, coining, and combining words to fit new ideas and new developments, and that process has never been more apparent than in this, the last decade of the 20th century. Social and technological change, political and economic developments, new ways of working, leisure and sport, fashion and popular music, medicine, psychology, ecology, and even new types of crime all produce new words to express new ideas. In compiling the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, one of our tasks was to ensure the inclusion of such new, up to the minute words and uses of words. To do this, we monitor the ways in which the English language develops and behaves being illustrated in new ways, day by day.