Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary Adds 100 New Words
MCKEAN: Not that yesterday they weren't words and now they are. But they think the words have reached some sort of critical point at which they are going to be useful to a wide range of people.
She says if your favorite word isn't in there yet, you should use it anyway.
MCKEAN: And if someone says to you that's not a real word, ask them in what way is it not real? If their only answer is, 'It's not in the dictionary,' then you say, 'Well, that doesn't prove anything and a lexicographer told me so!'
But McKean says that philosophy probably won't get you through your next Scrabble game.