Tuesday, January 9, 2007

“The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.” ~ Mark Twain

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In a January 5th press release, the American Dialect Society unveiled the winner of their 2006 "Word of the Year" Award. With a mental drumroll for the winner, I present to you:
to pluto/be plutoed: to demote or devalue someone or something, as happened to the former planet Pluto when the General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union decided Pluto no longer met its definition of a planet.
Oh snap, son! As my daughter likes to say!

The Word of the Year winner doesn't have to be a single word but is interpreted in its broader sense as being a "vocabulary item" and not just words but phrases.

Some of the winners in other categories included:

Most Creative
lactard: a person who is lactose-intolerant

Most Unnecessary
Surikat: the supposed nickname of the baby girl of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes

Most Outrageous
Cambodian accessory: Angelina Jolie's adopted child who is Cambodian

Most Likely to Succeed
YouTube: as a verb, to use the YouTube website or to have a video of oneself posted on the site

Least Likely to Succeed
grup: a GenXer who does not act his or her age

Whereas this year's winner is a'ight - I'm afraid it just doesn't hold a candle to last year's Word of the Year Winner "truthiness": what one wishes to be true regardless of the facts, a word that was originally coined by Stephen Colbert of Comedy's Central "The Colbert Report", a show that all red-blooded Americans should watch!

If you're interested in reading the full press release from the American Dialect Society click here. You, too, can be enlightened and perhaps expand your vocabulary with a few new words and phrases!

1 comment:

  1. Excellent post. I heard that term plutoed on the Urban Word of the Day link I have on my site. Truthiness? I'll bet by the time the Colbert Repore has run its course, Stephen will have contributed many, many word. I liked your site a bunch and will definitely be back.

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