‘Podcast’ Is the Word of the Year

Wow. New American Dictionary have selected “podcast” as their word of the year:

NEW YORK, Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ — Only a year ago, podcasting was an arcane activity, the domain of a few techies and self-admitted “geeks.” Now you can hear everything from NASCAR coverage to NPR’s All Things Considered in downloadable audio files called “podcasts”. Thousands of podcasts are available at the iTunes Music Store, and websites such as iPodder.com and Podcast.net track thousands more. That’s why the editors of the New Oxford American Dictionary have selected “podcast” as the Word of the Year for 2005. Podcast, defined as “a digital recording of a radio broadcast or similar program, made available on the Internet for downloading to a personal audio player,” will be added to the next online update of the New Oxford American Dictionary, due in early 2006.

And, as far as I know, the word was coined by a Brit, Ben Hammersley, in the pages of the Guardian. The original article was here (it’s on the MediaGuardian site, which means you’ll need to register). And I found it using our whizzy new search engine, which is pleasing.

Well done, Ben. We’ll be keeping an eye out for all the usual suspects trying to claim authorship of the term (claiming to be the creator of podcasting will now be known as “going out for a Curry”).

And while we’re on the subject, our Ricky Gervais podcast went to number 1 on iTunes with a bullet. Delightful.