[Ads-l] WOTY 2015 nominations

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jan 3 04:23:04 UTC 2016


What are the criteria, exactly, for nominating a word as "WOTY"?

On Sat, Jan 2, 2016 at 3:42 PM, Hugo <hugovk at gmail.com> wrote:

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> These are all based on words people have been talking about on Twitter
> the past year, from 219,918 tweets. These are "new" in 2015, an
> adjective, noun and verb:
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>  * lit / lit af
>  * fam
>  * slay
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> "Lit" is the surprise new entry. It's commonly used as "lit af", or
> "lit as fuck", for example in this tweet: "My Year is starting off lit
> af=F0=9F=91=8C=F0=9F=8F=BC ...but is gonna be TD by Monday morning".
> Someth=
> ing, I'm not
> sure what, happened in June 2015 that caused its use to explode on
> Twitter.
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> "Fam" (from family, for those closest to you but not necessarily
> family), has been around a while, became popular towards the end of
> 2014 and is still talked about.
>
> Similarly, "slay" (UD: "killed it. succeeded in something amazing",
> "something you tell someone when they look sexy as f***") grew towards
> the end of 2014, peaking in April 2015.
>
> Previous nominations "bae", "on fleek", "fuckboy" and "thot" had high
> numbers for the start of 2015 but were lower towards the end. However,
> "bae" is still divisive and at the top for all of 2015 by a big
> margin; more than twice as much as the second placed "mines".
>
> "Mines" itself deserves a brief mention: this is used in place of the
> possessive "mine", for example: "Retweet that last retweet of mines
> 1,000 times !!!". This has had good numbers since I started mining
> these tweets.
>
> These are all sourced from analysis of three Twitter bots that have
> been collecting words from Twitter since 2013. They've looked for
> certain sentences and extracted the X.
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>  * @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"
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> More info and numbers:
> http://laivakoira.typepad.com/blog/2016/01/twitter-woty-2015.html
>
> Hugo
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