[Ads-l] WOTY nominations

Benjamin Torbert btorbert at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jan 7 15:03:49 UTC 2015


Yeah.  'Hella' (ADV) has ben around forever.  People were saying it in
rural Georgia when I was in seventh grade, and I'm 38.

BT

On Wed, Jan 7, 2015 at 9:00 AM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
wrote:

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> On Jan 7, 2015, at 8:20 AM, Hugo wrote:
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> > I nominated these for 2013 but both were strong in 2014 so here they =
> come
> > again:
> >=20
> > * bae
>
> Some of you have no doubt seen the annual banned words list from Lake =
> Superior State; it included "bae" and, if memory serves, "polar vortex". =
>  "Hella" has been around as an adverb for years if not decades in places =
> like Portland, so I fear it's WOTYhood momemt has passed.  (It's =
> sometimes glossed as the West Coast version of adverbial "wicked".)=20
>
> For positive nominees, I've come across a number of mentions of "selfie =
> stick", which I think is a viable candidate for most likely to succeed.
>
>
> LH=20
>
> > * thot
> >=20
> > These are "new" in 2014:
> >=20
> > * on fleek
> > * bruh
> > * fuckboy
> > * hella
> >=20
> > These are all sourced from analysis of three Twitter bots that have =
> been
> > collecting words from Twitter for the past year. They've looked for =
> certain
> > sentences and extracted the X.
> >=20
> > * @lovihatibot -- "I love/hate the word X"
> > * @nixibot -- "X is not/isn't/ain't a word"
> > * @favibot -- "X is my new favorite/favourite/fave word"
> >=20
> > People talking about words =E2=80=92 especially new favourite  words, =
> or loved
> > words, or hated words, or words they've decided don't exist =E2=80=92 =
> may be a good
> > indicator of brand new words or at least words with new currency. Both
> > increases and decreases may reflect an underlying change in use, and
> > decreases may reflect an acceptance of the words.
> >=20
> > * "Bae" and "thot" were numbers 1 and 2 in the combined charts of =
> words.
> > Both peaked in 2014.
> >=20
> > * "Fleek", or more fully "on fleek", means on point, on the mark, =
> stylish,
> > amazing or impeccable. First mentioned in the bot logs in August 2014, =
> it's
> > still riding the peak. First used on Vine by Peaches Monroe in June =
> 2014,
> > it was later popularised by Ariana Grande, who sang out the Vine on =
> MTV in
> > August.
> >=20
> > * Bruh (bro, brother), not a new word but picked up in March 2014, and
> > peaked in June/July 2014. Use is likely spurred on by its use in a =
> Vine
> > clip from May 2014 and in lots of copied Vines.
> >=20
> > * Likewise, "fuckboy" isn't new, but has seen increasing mentions as =
> an
> > anti-GamerGate pejorative.
> >=20
> > * Finally, intensifier "hella" saw some use in 2013, but it increased =
> in
> > 2014 peaking between February and August.
> >=20
> > More words and charts and bits here:
> > * =
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=3Dhttp-3A__laivakoira.typepad.c=
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> >=20
> > Follow along:
> > * =
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> > * =
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=3Dhttps-3A__twitter.com_nixibot=
> &d=3DAwIFaQ&c=3D-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=3DwFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPI=
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> 1jO2Il8Qi-MOEqGVDPv4WN8W4oj9q1DT7g&e=3D=20
> > * =
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=3Dhttps-3A__twitter.com_favibot=
> &d=3DAwIFaQ&c=3D-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=3DwFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPI=
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> >=20
> > Hugo
> >=20
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