November 20, 2007

The locavore chronicles: the birth of a word

After locavore ('one who endeavors to eat only locally produced foods') was named New Oxford American Dictionary's Word of the Year, the coiner of the word, Jessica Prentice, was kind enough to respond to my post here with a brief email explaining how she came up with it. Now we get the full story in a guest column on OUPblog. It's a fun read &mdash and it turns out that an item on Language Log let her know she had really arrived:

And just to put icing on the cake, someone has turned my picture into a lolcat-style "lolcavore". I have to admit I'd never even heard of lolcats before, but now I am just so proud... so very very proud.

Posted by Benjamin Zimmer at November 20, 2007 05:01 PM