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Multitask and day trader (but not stalkerazzi) get the nod in a new American Heritage Dictionary

If you're still hoarding typewriter ribbons for the day when this whole computer thing blows over and still insist on calling pasta "noodles," maybe this will convince you that times have changed. According to the American Heritage Dictionary, whose fourth edition appears this fall, complete with 10,000 entries not found in the third edition of eight years ago, the following sentence is now legitimate English: "The dot-com brainiac went postal, big-time, spewing baba gannouj all over the food court, when some butthead with no sense of netiquette stole his def domain name."

Lexicographers are to words what INS agents are to...

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