Words of the Year
Posted: 16 November 2009 08:47 AM   [ Ignore ]
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The editors of the New Oxford American Dictionary have selected their word of the year for 2009, and that word is unfriend. The runners up are here. (It’s a bit early to be selecting words. After all we’ve still got more than a month to go. But I guess like hanging Christmas decorations, this stuff gets earlier each year. And it isn’t very catchy to say, “Word of 15 November 2008 through 16 November 2009.)

Of course, we do a words of the year thing here too, but it’s a bit less formal. I don’t select a single word, but rather use the opportunity to learn about and generate discussion on new words and phrases that are out there. So post your suggestions here.

The American Dialect Society is collecting suggestions for their selection of word of the year and word of the decade. (The selection will be in early January, as it should be.) You can send them directly to woty AT americandialect.org. I’ll also be sending the best ones posted here to Grant Barrett and the nominating committee.

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Posted: 16 November 2009 09:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Can I nominate “random”, which, judging from its sudden take-up and use by my 10-year-old daughter and her friends ("It’s really random, dad"), now means “unusual”, “odd”, “worthy of comment” (she’s BritEng, btw).

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Posted: 28 November 2009 07:42 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Tramp Stamp?!  That must be at least 20 years old!

How can that possibly be on the same list as “unfriend”?

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Posted: 28 November 2009 05:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Zythophile - 16 November 2009 09:13 AM

Can I nominate “random”, which, judging from its sudden take-up and use by my 10-year-old daughter and her friends ("It’s really random, dad"), now means “unusual”, “odd”, “worthy of comment” (she’s BritEng, btw).

Random still gets a lot of play here in So Cal, but it seems “epic” has replaced “sick” as the au currant expression for what I would call “cool” as one who is hopelessly outdated.

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Posted: 28 November 2009 06:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I like ‘sheeple’, which I have from Webster’s Dict. : people who follow like, well, sheep. Baa!

Do you know Ambrose Bierce’s Devils Dictionary? There are some fantastic definitions in it!

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Posted: 29 November 2009 05:51 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Epic is pretty old. And sheeple is really old--plus I’m not sure how much non-self-conscious use it gets.

Random is pretty current.

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Posted: 21 December 2009 08:04 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Grant Barrett has posted the early nominations for the ADS WOTY.

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