“Spotting new words can be slightly depressing. It’s only three years since the excellent Penguin dictionary first appeared, but it has acquired “hundreds of new words, jargon and buzzwords” – which might be good news except that “every aspect of technological progress”, as its editor says, “seems to entail the vocabulary of menace”, and he instances cyberstalking, identity theft and shoulder surfing (sneaking behind someone as they punch in their PIN number). All this and bioterrorism too.”
There are dangers, though, with creating an image of the moment: one entry is for quantoid, “a person who is enthusiastic about statistics and quantitative methods of analysis”. That would be fine, except that in ten years of active research, I’ve never seen an example, and online I found just seven instances. Surely, this hardly makes it a widely used term suitable for inclusion in a concise dictionary? Mr Wilcockson disagrees, arguing that it’s a playful and quirky use of language that deserves inclusion.
I have to go with Quinion on this.