EVOO is Official

Monday, December 11, 2006

Erin McKean, Editor-in-Chief of American Dictionaries, appeared on the Rachael Ray show last week to present a Certificate of Recognition to Rachael. Why? Because they are putting EVOO into the next edition of the Oxford American College Dictionary. McKean said that the addition of "EVOO" was caused by Rachael's use of the word.

McKean says that "this hardly ever happens" and that "it's easier to win the lottery" than to get a word added to the dictionary. The word has to be useful to people and be a word that people like to use. She also said that simply being a fabulous celebrity isn't enough. In more than half the times that the word EVOO is used, the word Rachael is also there.

During the segment, Rachael Ray also previewed her "grocery store" EVOO from Colavita and gave one to everyone in the audience. You can read more about the addition of EVOO to the dictionary on the talk show's website here.

UPDATE: EVOO = Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

12 comments:

Jennifer said...

That is totally cool. Rachael totally looks jazzed in that picture too. LOL!

Madeline said...

She was really excited. And the dictionary girl was only egging her on!

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WJR said...

In the same way Rachael Ray is not a legitimate food preparer, EVOO is not a legitimate word. I don't care how many dictionaries it gets into. Sham!!

Madeline said...

Well, WJR, while I admire your confidence, I think when determining what counts as a word, I am going to stick with the dictionary. But thanks anyways!

Maybe we should create a definition for "legitimate food preparer." I haven't heard that one before.

I wonder if I am a legitimate food preparer. Am I not allowed to cook without a culinary degree? If so, my husband is going to be pissed.

kitchenmage said...

You have got to be kidding! That's not even a word, it's an acronym, and it's been around forever. Grrrr! As a writer, I am concerned 'fabulous celebrity' seems to be trumping good English. (okay, the rant is on my site not yours since I know you don't want people dissing RR here.. grin)

Madeline said...

Kitchenmage - tee hee. They put acronyms in the dictionary! I am pretty sure that's how they will list it (not as a noun).

And they never said Rachael was the first to use it or that she invented it. They said she popularized its use.

kitchenmage said...

Ahhh, but go read my post. She's only associated with 1/3 of the search hits for the term and I'm not sure if she gets to count the ones that are wishing she'd stop using it. Ya know?

Madeline said...

Kitchenmage - the dictionary lady (I bet she would love to be called that) said that in their word database, when EVOO was used, Rachael was in the same sentence in over half the results.

I don't think it really matters whether people are complaining about her using it or are supporting its use. That's the problem with being a complainer! It just draws more and more attention to the thing you think doesn't deserve attention. It's a vicious circle.

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