Saturday, January 5, 2013

THIS WON'T REQUIRE MUCH MANSPLAINING:  Last night, the American Dialect Society voted on its awards for Word of the Year (hashtag), Most Useful (-mageddon and -pocalypse beating out YOLO, hate-watching, and beardruff), Most Creative (gate lice, to describe the crowding before airplane boarding), and binders full of other categories which may contain political content and other malarkey.

Interestingly, when you go through the Society's past results they've done quite well -- in 2002, they declared blog as the term Most Likely To Succeed, and using google as a verb the Most Useful term; other past Most Likely To Succeed neologisms include snail mail, World Wide Web, and DVD  ("Digital Versatile Disk, optical disk expected to replace CDs").

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