Jedi, Klingons invade new dictionary
Science fiction's "Jedi" warriors and "Klingon" bad guys have entered the newest edition of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, along with "asylum seekers," "asymmetrical warfare" and "spin control."
The first new edition in nearly a decade of the short version of the classic word bible will appear on Thursday, with 3,500 new entries, from "ass-backwards" to "warp drive."
Britain's prime minister Tony Blair is immortalised with "Blairism," "Blairite," "New Labour," "Old Labour" and the ill-fated construction project, the "Millennium Dome."
New slang terms include "get real" and "badass."
There are also 500 new quotations. Among the writers whose literary citations appear for the first time are best sellers Tom Clancy and Nick Hornby, "Bridget Jones" author Helen Fielding and, inevitably, "Harry Potter" creator J.K. Rowling.
But although new words from science fiction favorites like "Star Wars" and "Star Trek" have made it, words coined for the "Harry Potter" books are still too new to appear.
"Generally, a word has to be used five times in five different places over five years, although something like 'text messaging' got in quicker because it became so widely used so quickly," said spokeswoman Claire Turner
(extract from the CNN site)
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U.S. firm to test China's English skills on the Net (Education/learning English)
Students of English in China will soon be able to have their writing skills tested over the Internet by a U.S. company.
The U.S.-based Educational Testing Service, which created the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), said on Thursday students in China with access to Internet could use new technology to test their preparedness for TOEFL.
"The whole process, between the time it is submitted and the student receives the score onscreen, is about 10 seconds," ETS Technologies' Chief Executive Richard Swartz told reporters in Beijing.
ETS is the world's biggest private exams firm.
Learning English has taken on a new urgency in Communist-run China, which has braced for a renewed wave of foreign visitors since joining the World Trade Organisation and winning the bid to host the 2008 Olympics last year.
One in eight of the 800,000 students who sit the TOEFL every year are Chinese, said Kirson Herbert, executive director at ETS for international development.
The commercial online unit of ETS will use computers at its Princeton, N.J., headquarters to grade practice essays submitted via the Web site www.englishtide.com, run by Hong Kong-registered online learning firm Tide English Publishing Ltd, officials said.
Under the deal, ETS Technologies would earn a percentage of the fees collected by Tide English from students submitting practice essays, Swartz said.
But Tide is yet to decide what it would charge for the practice essay, a Tide executive said.
(article by Jonah Greenberg, Reuters)
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