belated WOTY

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Mon Jan 10 20:30:09 UTC 2000

"My bad" is way too old (and not exclusively so important this year) to be
WOTY this year (at least among us old-jocks).
But why is such usage "scary"? What's gonna happen?


>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

Dennis R. Preston
Department of Linguistics and Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
preston at
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