The New Oxford American Dictionary has announced its 2007 Word of the Year.
That new addition is: locavore.
“Locavore” was coined two years ago by a group of four women in San Francisco who proposed that local residents should try to eat only food grown or produced within a 100-mile radius. Other regional movements have emerged since then, though some groups refer to themselves as “localvores” rather than “locavores.” However it’s spelled, it’s a word to watch.
Runners-up for the 2007 Word of the Year include:
aging in place: the process of growing older while living in one’s own residence, instead of having to move to a new home or community.
cloudware: online applications, such as webmail, powered by massive data storage facilities, also called “cloud servers”
cougar: an older woman who romantically pursues younger men
mumblecore: an independent film movement featuring low-budget production, non-professional actors, and largely improvised dialogue
previvor: a person who has not been diagnosed with a form of cancer but has survived a genetic predisposition for cancer
social graph: the network of one’s friends and connections on social websites such as Facebook and Myspace
upcycling: the transformation of waste materials into something more useful or valuable
as per Oxford University Press