November 16, 2010

'refudiate' revisited

What a lame choice for Word of the Year, Oxford! Yes, it was an "unquestionable buzzword in 2010," but that doesn't make it a word, just like "misunderestimate" is not a word. "Refudiate" was a mistake, not a thought-through coinage (which is why it's so preposterous to point out that Shakespeare also coined new words.) Let's have a look at the other contenders:

  • bankster noun (informal) a member of the banking industry perceived as a predator that grows rich at the expense of those suffering in a crumbling economy: trillions of dollars are flowing to the banksters in the form of near-zero interest loans. 
  • crowdsourcing noun the practice whereby an organization enlists a variety of freelancers, paid or unpaid, to work on a specific task or problem: Kodak used social media crowdsourcing to engage its customers in their naming contest. 
  • double-dip adjective denoting or relating to a recession during which a period of economic decline is followed by a brief period of growth, followed by a further period of decline: higher food and energy prices could increase the risk of a double-dip recession.
  • gleek noun (informal) a fan of the television series Glee. 
  • nom nom (informal) exclamation an expression of delight when eating.
  • retweet verb (on the social networking service Twitter) repost or forward (a message posted by another user): people love to retweet job ads.
  • Tea Party a US political party that emerged from a movement of conservatives protesting the federal government in 2009. 
  • top kill noun a procedure designed to seal a leaking oil well, whereby large amounts of a material heavier than the oil—e.g., mud—are pumped into the affected well.
  • vuvuzela noun (also called vuvu) a long horn blown by fans at soccer matches.
  • webisode noun 1. an original episode derived from a television series, made for online viewing. 2. an online video that presents an original short film or promotes a product, movie, or television series.
Can there be any doubt that "Tea Party" will emerge as the 'true' WOTY? Let's wait for the annual meeting of the American Dialect Society in January.

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