Writing & Editing Infographic: How a word is ‘born’ Words slide in and out of our lexicon everyday due to changing technology, world events, and a shifting culture. Here’s a guide to keep your communication current. By Kristin Long@KristinMLongJune 14, 2011 SHARE Is “app” officially a word? Is a word legitimate if enough people use it? To read the full story, log in. Become a Ragan Insider member to read this article and all other archived content. Sign up today Already a member? Log in here. Learn more about Ragan Insider.