Comments: As geek as it gets

The barrier to entry for food words might indeed be higher, simply because there are so damn many of them, all sort of equal (re: rotini: which of the other hundred or so pasta names do or don't make the cut?).

That said, chai should be in there.

Posted by Rick at May 25, 2006 06:07 PM

Aw, man. If ROTINI is finally in one general dictionary, what now becomes the most common English word to be in no known dictionary?

Posted by Trip at May 25, 2006 07:05 PM

Online M-W Collegiate (subcription) does have chai, though it still lacks rotini.

Posted by Tablesaw at May 26, 2006 01:30 AM

If they let in rotini, they have to let in fusilli. And he's a crazy bastard.

Posted by a at May 26, 2006 04:07 AM

Oh, come on. Who hasn't used "cwm" to get themselves out of a no vowel situation in Scrabble? The electronnic hand-held version throws this at me all the time.

Posted by bad dad at May 26, 2006 10:26 AM

The sad thing is, "fusilli" has already worked its way in. And yet there's rotini, languishing on the doorstep.

Posted by Lance at May 26, 2006 12:25 PM

Does the dictionary include radiatori? That there's good eatin'.

Posted by RichM at May 26, 2006 06:21 PM

For those interested in etymology and how words find their way into dictionaries as well as reviews of dictionaries there is much myrth and usefull information to be derived from Michael Quinion's delightfull site World Wide Words

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