Podcast is Oxford Dictionary's Word of the Year

Post ImagePodcasting has had an amazing year, and it just keeps getting better. Steve Rubel reports that the Oxford Dictionary has chosen “Podcast” as its word of the year for 2005 (press release also available):

“Only a year ago, podcasting was an arcane activity, the domain of a few techies and self-admitted ‘geeks.’ Now you can hear everything from NASCAR coverage to NPR’s All Things Considered in downloadable audio files called ‘podcasts.’ Thousands of podcasts are available at the iTunes Music Store, and websites such as iPodder.com and Podcast.net track thousands more. That’s why the editors of the New Oxford American Dictionary have selected ‘podcast’ as the Word of the Year for 2005. Podcast, defined as ”a digital recording of a radio broadcast or similar program, made available on the Internet for downloading to a personal audio player,“ will be added to the next online update of the New Oxford American Dictionary, due in early 2006.”

That’s a very broad definition though, don’t you think? Shouldn’t there be a requirement for a web feed (RSS or Atom or something)? The podcasting naysayers will be quick to point out that there’s nothing new about “a digital recording…made available on the Internet for downloading” and they are absolutely right. It’s the addition of a web feed that makes podcasting a fresh take on old technology!

Read: Steve Rubel