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One more word for the Bard.

THE legacy of one of Warwickshire's most famous sons can still be felt in the latest edition of the Concise Oxford Dictionary.

Fans obsessed by William Shakespeare have led to the 16th Century poet and playwright leaving yet another word for the English language.

For one of the 85 new words published in the 10th edition of the dictionary out today, includes the word bardolatry - meaning excessive admiration of Shakespeare.

It is something many Bard-lovers could be accused of over the years and Ian Rowley, of the Royal Shakespeare Company, felt it was far from a derogatory word.

He said: "It is a great word and has been a long time coming, as bardolatry has been happening for more than 400 years."

Other new entries include Viagra, given the definition of the ultimate lifestyle drug.

Words resulting from today's lifestyle has also found their way in, with zero tolerance and 24-7 - meaning 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all the time.

Blokeish, meaning stereotypical male behaviour, and the latest TV craze of docusoaps are also new entries.

Catherine Soanes, one of the editors, denied English language was being swamped by "foreign" words, even though one-fifth of the entries in the new dictionary originate outside Britain.

She said: "On the contrary, it provides a vivid illustration of the increasing strength of English as an unprecedented global language."
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Date:Jun 9, 1999
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