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"Occupy" Named 2011 Word of the Year
January 9, 2012
As the selection of the American Dialect Society's Word of the Year approached, a certain air of inevitability had begun to surround occupy, the word revitalized by the Occupy protest movement. And sure enough, when the assembled throngs met in Portland, Oregon, where the ADS held its annual meeting in conjunction with the Linguistic Society of America, occupy emerged victorious as the Word of 2011.
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And the Word of the Year is...
January 7, 2008
So what exactly makes a word the Word of the Year? The Visual Thesaurus traveled to the American Dialect Society's
annual meeting in Chicago last week to find out. For the past eighteen years this scholarly group has been selecting words or phrases that have become newly prominent or notable in American English. Their goal is to demonstrate that change in language is normal, nonstop -- and even fun.
NOAD Word of the Year: "Unfriend"
November 17, 2009
The New Oxford American Dictionary
has announced its Word of the Year
for 2009: it's unfriend
, defined as "to remove someone as a 'friend' on a social networking site such as Facebook." Readers of this space will be quite familiar with the term, as I discussed it along with similar un
-verbs on Word Routes in May
and then again in September
as a followup to my On Language column in the New York Times Magazine
, "The Age of Undoing
." It's nice to feel ahead of the curve on this one, but truth be told, unfriending
has been going on for many years.
The Word of the Year is... "Bailout"!
January 12, 2009
Greetings, everyone! I've just come back from San Francisco, where I attended the American Dialect Society's annual meeting (held in conjunction with the Linguistic Society of America). As is the custom, the linguists and lexicographers in attendance took a break from their scholarly presentations to have some fun selecting the Word of the Year for 2008. This time around, bailout emerged as a powerful frontrunner, and sure enough it ultimately proved to be the winner.
"Selfie" Wins as Oxford's Word of the Year
November 19, 2013
The word selfie
, defined as "a photograph that one has taken of oneself," took over social media this year, so it's no surprise that it has also been named as Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries. Selfie
beat out other contenders like bitcoin
, and of course, twerk
. Read the full announcement from Oxford University Press here
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"Fake News" Is the Real Word of the Year
January 7, 2018
In the past year, fake news has gained currency as well as a new sense: Not only can it signify "disinformation or falsehoods spread as real news" – but it has also come to mean "actual news that is claimed to be untrue" if it's perceived as unflattering.
Dennis Baron's Word of the Year for 2012: #hashtag
December 17, 2012
Last week, lexicographer and Word Routes columnist Ben Zimmer presented his nominees for Word of the Year. Now here is the Word of the Year selection of Dennis Baron, English professor at the University of Illinois and author of the blog The Web of Language.
The 2010 Words of the Year: And the Nominees Are...
January 7, 2011
Greetings from chilly Pittsburgh! The American Dialect Society is having its annual conference here, and last night we met to select the nominees for various categories of Words of the Year. On Friday evening, winners will be selected from the different categories, and then nominations will be made for the overall category of Word of the Year. What do you think the category winners should be, and what should be crowned the Word of 2010?
Dennis Baron's Word of the Year for 2011: "Volatility"
December 2, 2011
Dennis Baron, English professor at the University of Illinois and author of the blog The Web of Language, writes:
The Web of Language Word of the Year for 2011 is "volatility." Volatility
may not be trendy like occupy
or Arab Spring
, but it's the one word that characterizes the bipolar mood of 2011 in everything from politics to economics.
The American Dialect Society's "Word of the Year" Nominees
January 8, 2010
Greetings from Baltimore, where the American Dialect Society is holding its annual conference. Along with scholarly presentations about American linguistic varieties, the ADS is also making selections for Word of the Year (2009) and Word of the Decade (2000-09). ADS members fixed on a final list of nominees for the different categories that will be up for a vote on Friday.