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Tuesday, 12 June, 2001, 02:11 GMT 03:11 UK
Posh and Becks enter the language
David and Victoria Beckam
Posh and Becks have entered modern vocabulary
News correspondent Kate Adie and actor Ronnie Barker are some of the famous names removed from the new Collins Concise English Dictionary to make way for David and Victoria Beckham.

Conservationist David Bellamy and footballer Paul Gascoigne have also been axed.

Posh Spice Victoria Beckham and her footballer husband David join other big names such as Jennifer Lopez, George Clooney and Ali G creator Sacha Baron Cohen.

Kate Adie
Kate Adie is still chief news correspondent

The character Ali G also warrants a mention.

Adie, 55, who became a familiar face reporting from many of the world's trouble spots for the BBC, has been axed from the dictionary after 10 years.

She has spent a lot of time away off screen writing a book and lecturing but she is still chief news correspondent.

Celebrity chef

A spokeswoman for the Collins Concise English Dictionary said Adie had been removed because her name no longer appeared frequently enough in broadcasts or newspapers.

Celebrity chefs Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson and Gary Rhodes are new inclusions alongside game show hosts Anne Robinson and Chris Tarrant.

Robbie Williams, Eminem and Britney Spears represent the new wave of instantly recognisable pop stars.

The acting world is represented by George Clooney, Jim Carrey, Leonardo DiCaprio and estranged husband and wife Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.

New British entries include Kate Winslett and Madonna's husband Guy Ritchie.

Harry Potter creator JK Rowling and fantasy writer Terry Pratchett rub shoulders with White Teeth author Zadie Smith and Helen Fielding of Bridget Jones's Diary fame.

From the sporting world additions include Olympic rowing champions Sir Steve Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent, tennis players Venus and Serena Williams, and footballer Michael Owen.

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