Podcast – 2005 Word of the Year

The Oxford University Press has chosen the word podcast as the 2005 Word of the Year.

I picked this story up from PodcastingNews.com

Erin McKean, editor in chief of the New Oxford American Dictionary, said: “Podcast was considered for inclusion last year, but we found that not enough people were using it, or were even familiar with the concept. This year it’s a completely different story. The word has finally caught up with the rest of the iPod phenomenon.”

Apparently podcast beat out some pretty tough competition for this years Word of the Year designation. Some of the words it beat were:

  • bird flu
  • IED
  • lifehack
  • rootkit

That’s just a partial list. You can read the story over at podcastingnews.com to see all the words, with definitions, that were considered this year.

Podcasting has grown during 2005 for bluegrass music. Wichita Rutherford has become a celebrity, The GrassCast was launched, and while iTunes still doesn’t have a bluegrass genre designation, it does list 24 podcasts for a search on the word bluegrass. A couple of those are political/news podcasts related to the state of Kentucky, but that’s still quite a few more than there were a year ago. Here’s a list of my 5 favorite podcasts:

Obviously my list contains some non-bluegrass podcasts. If you listen to other podcasts that you think would be of interest to the bluegrass community, please use our contact form to let us know about them.