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.

New broadband provider… a new year. Excellent:

Uptime:0 days, 4:11:09
Modulation:G.992.5 Annex A
Bandwidth (Up/Down) [kbps/kbps]:1,291 / 7,264
  
Output Power (Up/Down) [dBm]:12.0 / 18.0
Line Attenuation (Up/Down) [dB]:21.5 / 39.5
SN Margin (Up/Down) [dB]:7.0 / 6.5

 Ah, heck, it might not be 24Mb but its enough for me.