The New Oxford American Dictionary’s word of the year is locavore, a word invented by four Californians who sought to eat only foods grown or produced within 100 miles of their home. Locavore, or localvore, is now used widely to describe people who eat local and sustainably grown foods.

Locavore beat out such neologisms as cougar, an older woman who romantically pursues younger men, and social graph, a network of friends created on websites such as Facebook and MySpace.

Onward, local eaters!