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Tuesday, 12 June, 2001, 10:47 GMT 11:47 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.

As well as new celebrities making it into dictionary there is a whole crop of phrases and street slang that have been adopted.

Who's in
David and Victoria Beckham
Robbie Williams
Jennifer Lopez
Eminem
George Clooney
JK Rowling
Britney Spears
Jamie Oliver
Jeremy Paxman

Singletons, trustafarians and white van men nestle alongside terms such as air rage, spamming and braining up.

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.

But out goes conservationist David Bellamy and footballer Gazza.

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

Who's out
Kate Adie
Hayley Mills
David Bellamy
Michael Crawford
Paul Gascoigne
Frank Bruno
Joan Plowright
Ronnie Barker
Alex Higgins

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 Winslet and Madonna's husband Guy Ritchie.

Ladettes

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.

Robbie Williams
In: Robbie Williams
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.

The Collins Concise Dictionary attempts to incorporate phrases that have come into use since its last edition was updated.

Superbugs, Frankenstein foods and ladettes have been deemed everday sayings.

The TV terms Big Brother and the Weakest Link are also included.

The planet Zog is a "place or situation whichis far removed from reality or what is currently happening", while singletons were made famous by Bridget Jones as women without a partner.

Many of the new terms relate to work and technology such as prairie-dogging, which means "looking over the top of one's partition in order to discover the source or reason for a commotion".

Reality TV, spamming and multi-tasking are all considered words of the day.

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