[Ads-l] Nominations for 2014 Word of the Year

Fri Jan 9 15:48:03 UTC 2015

"Normcore" is what Dilbert normally wears.  Currently he's wearing some weird tubular outfit that isn't normcore at all.

I was surprised that #BringBackOurGirls didn't make the list of notable hashtags.  Nominations tend to be biased in favor of recency.

I was also surprised to see "sugar-dating," rather than the more distinctive "sugaring."  I think "sugaring" is quite a bit more common, although it's hard to be sure, because "sugaring" is also used for a kind of depilation, and of course for the process of gathering maple sugar.

Why does "baeless" mean "single"?

John Baker

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From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of Joel S. Berson
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A couple of thoughts --

even (v.) -- from "to even out"?  If so, the definition doesn't 
include the sense of "to level" (make even).

lumbersexual -- I'm afraid I can only see the Lumberjack from the 
Monty Python sketch.  Well, at least it was put into the "Most 
Unnecessary" group.

normcore -- is that what Dilbert is wearing currently?


At 1/9/2015 09:39 AM, Ben Zimmer wrote:
>We had our nominating session for Word of the Year here in Portland,
>and the nominees have now been posted:
>Direct link to the PDF file: http://bit.ly/woty14noms

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