Those who say social networking sites have no redeeming qualities haven’t heard of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. Less than 100 were chosen from more than 3,000 submissions and participated in a 3 day workshop before playing at Carnegie Hall last night. Next they will be going on a worldwide tour. Check out the official site to see who won as well as the full performance.
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Merriam-Webster has announced over one hundred new words that will go into its 11th Edition Collegiate Dictionary. To determine which make the cut, they study the usage for sometimes decades before accepting them. Among the words are webinar, infinity pool, dwarf planet, Norovirus, and dirty bomb, but it is mondegreen that is our fave.
What is a mondegreen, you ask? According to M-W, it is a “noun defined as a word or phrase that results from a mishearing of something said or sung” first coined by author Sylvia Wright in the 50’s when she admitted that she misunderstood song lyrics. We know that some of our personal mondegreens include those from “Blinded By the Light” and “Louie, Louie.”
To celebrate, M-W Online is calling for submissions of your favorites through July 25. Already available online, the 2008 print update of the Eleventh Edition will be in bookstores September 1.
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Yup, it’s true. We get a lot of requests from people looking to write for Gear Live. We review them all, and bring in people that we think fit in to our wacky vibe. However, we figure that some people just want to submit a story or two every now that then. For that, we have created an area where anyone can submit a story to be considered for publishing on Gear Live. In exchange for the news tips and story submissions, you will get full credit for the story (unless you choose to be anonymous,) and we will even keep a special section of the site dedicated solely to the stories you submit that have been chosen by our editors to be featured on the site. You can get to the story submission form easily by hitting the link at the top of the left-hand sidebar.
Anyone is welcome to post, so go give it a shot and let us know what you think!
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