English language has many words and they may have different meanings in different situations. To understand the meaning of a word, it is best to use a dictionary. It also helps to understand how dictionaries evolve with changing times, so that new words get added to them, making it easier for people to understand these words.
Buzzwords in an Entrepreneur’s Vocabulary
The Silicon Valley is famous for its entrepreneurs. And, these entrepreneurs are famous for using certain words that many people may not know the meaning of. In fact, the meanings of many words are quite different from what people may believe they are. For instance, angel means the spirit of dead CEO that lives in the office water cooler; branding means difficult task to get the first funding from a venture capitalist; hyper-local refers to a person verbally denounces a product and is heard doing so by the creator of the product.
Oxford English Dictionary
In 2010, many strange and new words managed to make their way into Oxford English Dictionary. Some of these words are automagically, steampunk, LBD (or the little black dress), exit-strategy, netbook, bargainous, de-friend, chillax, vuvuzela, frenemy, catastrophising and staycation. If you do not know the meaning of these words, you will have to look them up in the Oxford English Dictionary.
How New Words Make it into Dictionaries
The process of how a new word makes it into a dictionary is long and complicated. First the word is sourced by different methods, such as editors spotting it, recommendation by users, corpus analysis and reading software. Then checking takes place to see the sources that it is used in and the number of writers using it. If the use is not widespread, the word is rejected. If the use is widespread then it is checked to see whether a particular group uses it, does it have a history and will the use be a long-term one. Trademark words are rejected. Once a word is shortlisted, it is analyzed, meaning of the word is written by consulting specialists, dates and etymology of the word is sourced and then the draft entry is made. If editors approve the draft entry, the word makes it into the dictionary.
Phrasal verbs can be difficult for English speakers to understand and use if they are not conversant with the meaning. For instance, give in or give up means to surrender or relent, while put off means to postpone something. Similarly there are many phrasal verbs that are used in English and even native speakers of the language can make mistakes while using them.
The Vocabulary of an Affiliate Marketer
Affiliate marketing and marketers have their own words, phrases and terms that they use when talking about their affiliate marketing business. If you are into affiliate marketing, it will help to know these terms and phrases. Marketing or advertising a product in affiliate marketing is called a campaign or offer. Affiliates are the ones that market the product and 62 percent affiliate agree that these should be called offers and not campaigns. About 69 percent affiliate use the term conversion for a sale and 49 percent call the unique URL used for a campaign a tracking URL. Then there are other terms, such as banner codes, tracking pixel and post-back URLs that affiliate marketers should be familiar with.