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It's come to our notice that you, our beloved readers, do take a close interest in the destruction evolution of the English language, as exemplified by the inclusion of "meh" in the Collins English Dictionary and the elevation of "wiki" to the OED.

Like it or not, when it comes to neologisms the interwebs are a fertile breeding ground, and while it's easy enough to express horror at terms such as "podcast", "webinar" and other bastard spawn of cyberspace, there must be some new words which you lot actually like.

Accordingly, we're inviting readers to submit their fave vocab gleaned from the wonderful worldwide web, and we'll put the top ten picks to a final reader vote later this week. Email your tips to me right here by close of play on Thursday (or stick 'em in a comment to this story), and we'll see what the unwashed, if highly tech-savvy, masses have to say on the matter.

Oh yes, those of you who are still fuming about the decline of the aspirated "wh" and strongly object to any word coined after 1954 can keep your dislikes to yourselves* - until we decide to run a "most highly objectionable net-based neologism poll". ®

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*We mean it - any email banging on about how English is going to hell in a handcart will earn the correspondent the usual one-month ban from The Register.

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