Date: Mon, 6 Oct 1997 01:23:02 -0700

From: Kim & Rima McKinzey rkm[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]SLIP.NET

Subject: akribits

So who happened to watch the new sitcom "Veronica's Closet" last week? One

of the plot threads involved the PR person inventing a new word because he

couldn't come up with a synonym for "increase." He came up with akribits

(spelling obviously phonetically made up since they never showed it in

writing). After making it up, it was then used in an article in "Time" (I

think), and then in the "Wall Street Journal," and then by a TV news anchor.

And people ask me all the time how new words get in the dictionary...