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'Octomom' joins the English language -- but who owns it?

June 10, 2009 | 11:19 am

Suleman "Octomom" has gained a level of respect -- at least the word has.

The Global Language Monitor announced that "Octomom" has been added to its list of English words and phrases. It came in at word 99,993 -- in the same list as "Slumdog," "Web 2.0," "Sexting" and "Slow Food."

So what is the definition? Here it is: Octomom – The media phenomenon relating to the travails of the mother of the octuplets.

"Octomom," of course, is Nadya Suleman, who gave birth to eight babies at a Bellflower hospital in January. She and all 14 of her kids now live in a La Habra home.

Back in April, Suleman attempted to claim trademark rights to the "Octomom" name. Her attorney said at the time that Suleman didn't like the nickname but saw it as a way to provide for her children.

But it turned out a Houston novelty company had already filed a trademark on the word. At the time, Suleman's attorney said she would still make the claim to the name, adding she should have legal rights to "Octomom."

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: NBC