Find e-waste under ‘e’

BY IN News On 09-08-2014

May 23, 2014 by Recyling International Editorial Staff

United StatesMerriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary has updated its 11th edition, adding a total of 150 new words to its online database – one of which is ‘e-waste’.

This relatively young term first appeared in 2004, notes Peter Sokolowski, a lexicographer and editor for Merriam-Webster. He has officially defined it as ‘waste consisting of discarded electronic products such as computers, televisions and mobile phones’.

Another sustainability-related word to be included is ‘freegan’ – in effect, someone who scavenges for free food in store and restaurant bins as a way to reduce consumption of resources, explains Sokolowski. This kind of environmentalism was a ‘Lone Ranger’ activity back in 2006 but has ‘taken off’ in light of growing resource concerns and ‘green’ trends.

For more information, visit: www.merriam-webster.com


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