The Demise of the Dictionary; Printed Page: 0, Internet: 3,498,785,994,322,109
It must suck to be old right now. Even during generations with the most modest of cultural change -- say, the 1950s -- the elderly tend to be wary of the younger, at the very least because they can run fast and punch much harder and pay little attention to signs that say things like "Stay off the Grass." Tough-talking youths and robots: They make the aged uneasy. There's a word for it; ephebiphobia -- the irrational fear of young people.
Compared to what little the aged had to deal with in the 50s, it must be intensely terrifying to be old today. The 21st century has panned out, so far, to most decidedly be a young person's world. Case in point: The AP rolled out its annual fluff piece about new words that have made it through the editorial gauntlet and into the pages of Merriam-Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary. Older people following traditional media had a chance to learn that locavore and frenemy await them when they receive the newest edition of M-W this upcoming holiday season. So now they're in the know. See more »