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

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jan 17 02:40:51 UTC 2015


The latest coverage comes from the New York Times, in an article that
will appear on the front page of the Sunday Styles section:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/18/style/at-the-super-bowl-of-linguistics-may-the-best-word-win.html

(Jonathan Lighter and Fred Shapiro's ADS-L comments are quoted at the end.)


On Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 10:47 PM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> 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/

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