belated WOTY

Thu Jan 6 06:51:23 UTC 2000

I'm sure I am very late in chiming in on the Word of the Year (and I am
probably repeating what someone else suggested but I missed), but, in a
mental flash of lightning, it dawned on me what the WOTY had to be. That
would be "bad" used as a noun, as in (cybertalk) "my bad."
This all came to me when I heard a sports announcer for one of the bowl
games on TV use it to explain why a player tapped his own chest after a play
was botched. It gets very scary when Internet shorthand edges toward
standard usage.

Jerry Miller
Pulliam School of Journalism
Franklin College
millerj at

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