New words emerge in our lexicon all the time. Each of us has to decide if we want to be at the leading edge of the language evolution.
As a writer and ruthless editor, I need to stay abreast of changes, but I generally prefer to wait for my most-respected sources to get on board before I adopt new usage.
The Associated Press Stylebook still considers check out the verb form to express, for example, the action of vacating and paying for a hotel room; agreeing on terms for borrowing a book from a library; looking at or examining something; or finalizing a purchase at a retail store, a grocery store — or online.
Yet when I recently was invited to join Amazon’s MYHABIT, where I can purchase designer brands at up to 60% off, the email promotion said:
Powered by Amazon: Sign in and checkout with your existing Amazon account
I’m familiar with being able to check in, check up, check on, check with, check back and check out.
And I know where to go to get a checkup for my health, my teeth, my dog or my car.
I also know how to find the checkout lane at a store or the time a hotel requires checkout.
But I didn’t know I could ‘checkout’ using my existing Amazon account.
If you’re a cutting-edge word user, Google has links for new words added to The Oxford Dictionary, the Scrabble dictionary (5,000 new words!), Merriam-Webster dictionaries and more.
Rapid advances in technology are responsible for a slew of new words that now have earned dictionary recognition. Selfie, although around for some time — would you believe the first selfie was snapped a century ago?! — has finally achieved dictionary status. Here’s the link that you can checkout check out.
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