December 21, 2011

WOTY: Oxford's choice

And one more: Of all the "buzzwords" of 2011, among them "occupy," "Arab Spring," and the infamous "bunga bunga," the Oxford English Dictionary chose "squeezed middle," as its word of the year -- even though this expression is a phrase rather than a word and not all that catchy.

For more fun, I think we will once again have to wait for the list of WOTY nominations published by the American Dialect Society, especially in the category "most unnecessary" (such as "refudiate") or "most euphemistic" (such as "corn sugar" or "enhanced patdown"). The ADS will hold its annual meeting in Portland Jan. 5-7.

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