Word news: Don't take a staycation with your frenemy

The editors of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary have added about 100 words for the 2009 edition and to the dictionary online. Among them are staycation, a vacation spent at home or nearby, and frenemy, a person who pretends to be a friend but who is actually an enemy. Both of these are portmanteaus, words that blend parts of other words to create a new term. As John Morse, president and publisher of Merriam-Webster Inc., told Reuters, these new words meet a need and, as in the case of staycation, can quickly become part of our everyday language.

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