Apparently Global Language Monitor has declared that “Web 2.0” is the English Language’s millionth word.

┬áBut this doesn’t seem to have impressed British academics according to the Guardian:

Professor David Crystal, professor of linguistics at Bangor University, called the idea “the biggest load of rubbish I’ve heard in years”. He said: “It is total nonsense. English reached 1 million words years ago. It’s like someone standing by the side of the road counting cars, and when they get to 1 million pronouncing that to be the millionth car in the world. It’s extraordinary.”

And the Daily Mail also achieved this excellent quote:

However John Simpson, chief editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, said: ‘We find it curious that Web 2.0, a term that was coined in 1999 and has been in broad use since 2004, is being regarded as a new entrant to the language.”

So overall, measurement of entomology with high precision seems to have its flaws and is more about publicity than useful fact. I am proud of the balanced journalism by both these media groups in the reporting.

So,

 We've been sitting here and curious about our new pages, so we've been looking at who was visiting. AND I am surprised to see someone from the BBC navigating our site, one of my old colleagues I suppose, but it was fun to watch their navigation. Disappointing that they voted 1 for one of my pages, thanks for the support!

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