by Mary Jo
We here at Word Wenches Central Command take words very seriously, but we tend to think more about the 19th century and earlier than about the 21st century. My Webster's Collegiate does a pretty good job of telling me when words came into general English usage, and that suffices for my writing.
But we all had fun when Wench Susan told us about new words that the Oxford Dictionary has just decided to add to the canon. Being as how romance writers don't get out much <G>, most of us didn't know half the words.
Some are fairly self-explanatory, like "bro hug," which presumably describes the way manly men can touch each other without looking less manly. <G>