'Top Words from 2007': _hybrid_, _surge_, _climate change_

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Sun Mar 30 22:35:28 UTC 2008

On Sun, Mar 30, 2008 at 12:45 PM, Arnold M. Zwicky
<zwicky at csli.stanford.edu> wrote:
> On Mar 30, 2008, at 9:36 AM, Damien Hall wrote:
> > NPR's _Weekend Edition Saturday_ yesterday had a little piece about the 'top
> > words of 2007' as determined from their popularity in the media by Global
> > Language Monitor LLC...
> oh christ, this is Paul J.J. Payack's outfit again.  search our
> archives and Language Log's archives on "Payack".

And now Payack is bringing his chicanery to Barry Popik's hometown of
Austin. See John Kelso's column in the Austin American-Statesman:


In an email, Barry has rightly chastised Kelso for his credulous
piece, cc'ing a number of us.

(BTW, in his sign-off, Barry refers to himself as "new father this
Easter weekend".)

--Ben Zimmer

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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