Ruth Wajnryb on WOTY

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Fri Feb 15 16:01:29 UTC 2008

"American" is Americocentric, "dialect" means the funny way illiterates talk, and "society" implies an elite self-chosen to laff at them.



Benjamin Zimmer <bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU> wrote:
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Subject: Ruth Wajnryb on WOTY

Ruth Wajnryb, language columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald, has a
piece on Word of the Year selections and "New-Word Lists" (NWLs, as
she calls them).
Omigod, the whaletails are eating the muffin tops
Ruth Wajnryb, February 16, 2008
"Perhaps the most famous new-word list is that announced annually by
the American Dialect Society with the fanfare with which Americans
like to do these things. The society has been around since 1889 and
really should do something about its outdated name."

Uh, thanks for the advice, Ruth.

--Ben Zimmer

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