[Ads-l] WOTY 2015 nominations

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jan 4 02:42:38 UTC 2016


I was having a problem with BE _bae, mines_ being treated as odd enough to
qualify as WOTY. However, criteria-reading has persuaded me that these
words do meet the standard.

Further deponent sayeth not.

On Sun, Jan 3, 2016 at 12:04 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

> Never mind. It's finally occurred to me simply tp Google for the info.
>
> On Sat, Jan 2, 2016 at 11:23 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
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>> What are the criteria, exactly, for nominating a word as "WOTY"?
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>> 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:
>> >
>> >  * lit / lit af
>> >  * fam
>> >  * slay
>> >
>> > "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.
>> >
>> > "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.
>> >
>> >  * @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"
>> >
>> > More info and numbers:
>> > http://laivakoira.typepad.com/blog/2016/01/twitter-woty-2015.html
>> >
>> > Hugo
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All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
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