I am so taken with my new word that I’ve submitted it to the Oxford English Dictionary… my chances of success are less than good.
Here is the email I sent:
Dear Oxford English Dictionary Editor (or whomever reads this correspondence),
I wish to submit a new word for your consideration.
The rise of Facebook and other social networking hubs has, I believe, created a new sphere of voyeurism whereby readers are able to secretly observe the conversations of their friends via the Facebook element known as “the wall”. As “eavesdropping” was so named for listening to the conversations of others through the “eaves”, I submit the following word and definition:
intr.v., -dropped, -drop·ping, -drops.
To read the conversations of others on Facebook
Etymology – derived from eavesdrop
Corporate Communications Executive
I included my title because it makes me sound impressively wordy.
Just to ensure some modicum of success I also submitted my word to urbandictionary.com which goes as close to guaranteeing inclusion as possible. I’ll let you know how the campaign goes.