Oxford Word of the Year: Locavore

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Locavore - that's the New Oxford American Dictionary's Word of the Year. Locavore was coined only two years ago at World Environment Day 2005 by Jessica Prentice, a San Francisco chef and author.

The word was invented to describe the practice of eating locally-grown foods, specifically those grown within a 100-mile radius of where you live. Awareness of local eating has been growing over the last several decades, and now it has organized movements like the Locavores and the 100 Mile Diet.

Do you think this was a good choice on the part of Oxford? Has this movement gained enough traction to own the word of the year?

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