Thursday, July 22, 2004

Nanotech gets the keys to the lexicon

Just learned this from young nano-apprentice D.F. Moore: Coming soon in the 11th edition of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, sandwiched in between "MP3" and "pleather," is this brand spankin' new entry:

    nanotech (noun) 1991 : nanotechnology (Also: nanotechnological (adjective) and nanotechnologist
So, kids, you can now officially use the shortened "nanotech." If your English teacher gives it a red mark, just show them this entry. I've talked to more than a few nanotechnology researchers, though, and not one of them has used the term "nanotechnologist." But it's a wide-open profession. Everybody from a garment worker to a ski wax producer can call himself or herself a nanotechnologist.

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