On a yearly basis, Merriam-Webster carefully selects and adds new words to the collegiate list. This year less than 100 words were chosen, and Smackdown was one of them! They even have a guy who will help you pronounce it. Smackdown is officially defined as:
1: the act of knocking down or bringing down an opponent, 2: a contest in entertainment wrestling, 3: a decisive defeat, 4: a confrontation between rivals or competitors
Thanks to the WWE for first putting the word out there in the 90s. Now Smackdown has entered the language like Kleenex (for tissue) and Xerox (for photocopy). Next year, by the way, we're gunning for Movie Smackdown which we hope will be defined as follows:
1: Two Films, One Review, No Holds Barred, 2: a critical review of two films, often with one in theaters being compared to another available in home entertainment, 3: a web-site started in 2005 now at www.moviesmackdown.com, 4: the best new idea in film criticism since thumbs and stars
We can dream, can't we?