[Ads-l] WOTY nominations

David Daniel david at COARSECOURSES.COM
Wed Jan 7 15:15:41 UTC 2015


Wordspy had narcisstick (cooler name for selfie stick) as its neologism of
the year on Monday (5th).
DAD


Poster:       Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
Subject:      Re: WOTY nominations
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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=
om_blog_2015_01_twitter-2Dwoty-2D2014.html&d=3DAwIFaQ&c=3D-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUc=
V7Sdqw&r=3DwFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=3D4Pm3u-4xX_0KbYo=
Mlg4U3N1Va6EhOHvK6yrjwwsl5pU&s=3D8hn_kD9c8bWdsr5kjY4zQsJ8--CZY5h9YHbnpDihQ=
3A&e=3D=20
>=20
> Follow along:
> * =
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=3Dhttps-3A__twitter.com_lovihat=
ibot&d=3DAwIFaQ&c=3D-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=3DwFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1Ts=
SxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=3D4Pm3u-4xX_0KbYoMlg4U3N1Va6EhOHvK6yrjwwsl5pU&s=3DXKUHZ=
z0J6z5rc9hwCFUlUABnkrWzh3Dt-qQl5ZelgOU&e=3D=20
> * =
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=3Dhttps-3A__twitter.com_nixibot=
&d=3DAwIFaQ&c=3D-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=3DwFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPI=
WYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=3D4Pm3u-4xX_0KbYoMlg4U3N1Va6EhOHvK6yrjwwsl5pU&s=3DVvYwySzOc=
1jO2Il8Qi-MOEqGVDPv4WN8W4oj9q1DT7g&e=3D=20
> * =
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=3Dhttps-3A__twitter.com_favibot=
&d=3DAwIFaQ&c=3D-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=3DwFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPI=
WYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=3D4Pm3u-4xX_0KbYoMlg4U3N1Va6EhOHvK6yrjwwsl5pU&s=3Drgqdcr6u_=
Fji7kzLkob-x2LPLHwtOZdRbSENhbOSwhU&e=3D=20
>=20
> Hugo
>=20
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