Yeah, I know this is actually old news (PR Newswire 12/06/2005) but I just found out this morning. Podcast will be added to the New Oxford American Dictionary in its 2006 edition.
For those of you not in the know, a podcast is defined as "a digital recording of a radio broadcast or similar program, made available on the Internet for downloading to a personal audio player".*
Once again proof that good marketing and a strong unwavering customer base will not only yield billions of dollars for a company that was once on the brink of extinction, it will get a well coined term to be honored and included in the dictionary.
And for those that are curious, as per Merriam-Webster (not Oxford), the 2004 Word of the Year was "blog".
If anyone knows the Oxford word of the year for 2004, please let me know.
* cited from The iPod Observer