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The million words milestone

The Global Language Monitor today announced that Web 2.0 has become the millionth English word or phrase to enter the language. A technical term meaning the next generation of World Wide Web products and services, Web 2.0 has crossed from technical jargon into far wider circulation.

Before the millionth word announcement was made Jeremy Paxman spoke to Professor David Crystal, a leading linguist and Paul J J Payack, President of the Global Language Monitor to debate the the validity of the claim that the millionth word was about to appear.

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