[Ads-l] Bitcoin and dictionaries

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sat Dec 6 16:14:18 UTC 2014


At 12/6/2014 11:06 AM, Ben Zimmer wrote:
>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.

Definitely a debasement, akin to clipping.  And I hope the further 
research can be accomplished without sweating.

Joel


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