Macquarie WOTY 2010 nominees

Michael Quinion wordseditor at WORLDWIDEWORDS.ORG
Wed Jan 5 12:28:26 UTC 2011

Ben Zimmer wrote:

> Smart money for the overall winner is probably on "vuvuzela," but I'm
> most intrigued by "mamil," an acronym for "middle-aged men in lycra."
> (Def: "a man who takes up cycling as a pursuit during middle age,
> especially one who makes this a lifestyle statement by acquiring the
> accoutrements of a professional cyclist such as the most modern and
> powerful form of bicycle, lycra clothing, etc.")

May a small boast be permitted? As noted in the 25 September issue of
World Wide Words:

Michael Quinion
Editor, World Wide Words

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