[Ads-l] Word of the Year 2014: "#blacklivesmatter"

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jan 13 03:47:19 UTC 2015


On Fri, Jan 9, 2015 at 10:31 PM, Ben Zimmer wrote:
> The Word of the Year for 2014 is "#blacklivesmatter," the first time that a
> hashtag has been selected as ADS WOTY. It also won a new category created
> for this year, Most Notable Hashtag.
>
> Read the press release:
> http://www.americandialect.org/2014-word-of-the-year-is-blacklivesmatter
> Shortcut to PDF: http://bit.ly/ADSWOTY14

For more on the vote, here's one writeup from Anne Curzan and two from me:

http://chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2015/01/12/woty2014/
http://www.vocabulary.com/articles/wordroutes/in-a-first-the-word-of-the-year-is-a-hashtag-blacklivesmatter/
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=17078

Further media coverage:

http://time.com/3662593/2014-word-of-year-blacklivesmatter/
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com//2015/01/10/dialect-society-names-its-word-of-the-year-blacklivesmatter/
http://qz.com/324986/the-american-dialect-societys-word-of-the-year-is-a-hashtag/
http://www.freep.com/story/opinion/columnists/stephen-henderson/2015/01/12/word-of-the-year/21641065/

--bgz

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