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Breakfast Thursday, 26 September, 2002, 05:30 GMT 06:30 UK
JEDI enters the new Shorter Oxford Dictionary
JEDI, THE FORCE, and THE DARK SIDE are words which have been added to the new edition of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, which is published today.

KLINGON, WARP DRIVE, WARP FACTOR, DILITHIUM, MIND-MELD, PARALLEL UNIVERSE, and MEN IN BLACK are more science-fiction entries among the 3,500 new words being added to the dictionary.

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The new edition is the first for nearly a decade.

Despite the addition of 3,500 terms, the new edition contains the same number of pages as the old one. Nothing has been taken out: a new, clearer text design means more can fit on each page.

Watch the Poet Laureate Andrew Motion on Breakfast at 8.40am to hear his views on the new publication.

Poet Laureate Andrew Motion will be giving his views on Breakfast

New words come from a wide range of subject areas, including politics. Many reflect the change in British politics since the previous edition of the dictionary was published in 1993.

NEW LABOUR'S election victory has led to the inclusion of OLD LABOUR, NEW LABOUR, CLAUSE FOUR, BLAIRISM, and BLAIRITE.

Initiatives such as the LITERACY HOUR, STAKEHOLDER PENSIONS, and BACK TO BASICS have also been added.

Some of the new slang terms entering this new edition of the dictionary include: ANORAKY, BLING-BLING, EARLY DOORS, GOALHANGER, GO COMMANDO, GET REAL, SHEDLOAD, and WEDGIE. A few words from the US have been added: ASS-BACKWARDS, BADASS, BOGART, ECONOBOX, GOOF-PROOF, LOOSEY-GOOSEY, LOSINGEST, and STICKER SHOCK.

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