January 04, 2008

caucus season

No, this is not about Iowa. It's about the American Dialect Society's vote on the Word of the Year, which will take place in about 3 hours at the annual meeting in Chicago. Some of the nominated words have been discussed here on Schnaufblog, some I never heard of, some are strangely unimaginative. None seems to be quite as zeitgeisty as Oxford's WOTY, locavore.

Nominations include:

In the category "most useful"
  • wrap rage (anger brought on by the frustration of trying to open a factory-sealed package) - I sympathize with the feeling, but the word is boring, boring, BORING
In the category "most creative"
  • Googlegänger (person with your name when you google yourself on the Internet) - an old FAVORITE of mine (but why would one capitalize the word?)
In the category "most unnecessary"
  • truther (someone espousing a conspiration theory about 9/11) - USEFUL but not new at all
In the category "most euphemistic"
  • vajayjay (vagina) - again, this has been around for a while
In the category "most likely to succeed"
  • green (prefix designating environmental concern) -- BORING, this has been around for ages
In the category "least likely to succeed"
  • quadriboobage (the appearance of having four breasts, caused by wearing the wrong kind of undergarments) -- this should be in the category "most creative" (or even "most useful")
And the winner is? We'll see!

Edited to add: The winner is subprime.

In its 18th annual words of the year vote, the American Dialect Society voted “subprime” as the word of the year. Subprime is an adjective used to describe a risky or less than ideal loan, mortgage, or investment.
It received 79 votes. Runners up are: Facebook (used as a noun, verb, or adjective) and Googlegänger. Winner in the categories "most useful word" and "most likely to succeed" is green (yawn...).

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