[Ads-l] "dumpster fire" is the 2016 American Dialect society word of the year

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat Jan 7 18:23:47 EST 2017

> On Jan 7, 2017, at 4:31 AM, Arnold M. Zwicky <zwicky at STANFORD.EDU> wrote:
>> On Jan 6, 2017, at 6:00 PM, Baker, John <JBAKER at STRADLEY.COM> wrote:
>> What is the rationale for naming "gaslight" as the most useful/likely to succeed?  The word has been around for decades.  Did it come to some special prominence in 2016?
> over seven decades, in fact.  the movie that's the source of the expression came out in 1944.

Yes, Grant Barrett actually put up the poster (Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman) before the vote.  The argument (which didn’t convince me) was that it had indeed become newly re-prominent in ’16.


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