Does any field of endeavor contribute more new words to our language
than science and technology? Politics, music, and literature combined
run a distant second. Why and how does this sphere of human activity
generate so many neologisms and new constructions of old terms? The man
in charge of Wired magazine's "Jargon Watch" provides the answers.
May 25: On this day in 1938 Raymond Carver was born. Carver's poem "Luck," about a nine-year-old who wakes to an empty house and the leftovers of his parents' party, is all too autobiographical: "What luck, I thought. / Years later,…