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Dec 31, 2014
This week’s theme
New words (relatively speaking)

This week’s words
prebuttal
captcha
crowdsource
google
anthropocene

James Murray, first editor of the Oxford English Dictionary
James Murray, first editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, reviewing crowdsourced quotations
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crowdsource

PRONUNCIATION:
(KROUD-sohrs)

MEANING:
verb tr.: To enlist the services of a large number of people outside the company, for little or no pay, to accomplish a task.

ETYMOLOGY:
A blend of crowd + outsource. Earliest documented use: 2006.

NOTES:
While crowdsourcing is typically associated with the online world, it has been around for a long time. One of the best examples of offline crowdsourcing is in lexicography. The Oxford English Dictionary, for example, was produced in large part by the contributions of the general public who sent in quotations for words. You too can take part in it.

USAGE:
“Bugwolf tests apps and websites for companies by setting loose a global army of crowdsourced testers who could be anywhere from Brisbane to Bulgaria or Bangalore.”
Rick Wallace; NAB Banks on Local Bug-Buster Start-Up; The Australian (Sydney); Dec 4, 2014.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The only way human beings can win a war is to prevent it. -George Marshall, US Army Chief, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, Nobel laureate (1880-1959)

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