[Ads-l] Bitcoin and dictionaries

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Sat Dec 6 16:06:25 UTC 2014

On Sat, Dec 6, 2014 at 10:56 AM, victor steinbok wrote:
> Some terminology that's been in circulation in referense to alternative
> payment systems needs robust dictionary-level definitions. Note that
> Bitcoin is merely the currently dominant representative.
> Virtual currency ~! Fiat currency
> Cryptocurrency
> Altcoin
> Blockchain/Sidechain
> Mining

You'll find "bitcoin" (including "bitcoin-mining") and the "-coin"
combining form (including "altcoin") in the Spring 2014 installment of
"Among the New Words," as both were in the running for ADS WOTY '13:
<http://bit.ly/ATNW89-1>. But we really only scratched the surface.


Ben Zimmer

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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