[Ads-l] WOTY vote

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Fri Dec 18 14:36:23 EST 2020


James, the WOTY voting was held last night. Here's the news (as shared in
an earlier post):

https://www.americandialect.org/2020-word-of-the-year-is-covid

"Social distancing" won in a special "pandemic-related" category we created
for this year, and it came in fourth in the voting for the main WOTY
category, behind "Covid" (the winner), "2020," and "doomscrolling."

On Fri, Dec 18, 2020 at 2:07 PM James Landau <
00000c13e57d49b8-dmarc-request at listserv.uga.edu> wrote:

> I can't make the WOTY voting session (you can relax) but I'd like to
> advocate for "social distancing" as WOTY.
> Unlike many of the other candidates, it is neither facetious, slang, or
> unnecessary (i.e. there is no synonym for it).It is widely recognized and
> better yet, widely used in serious public communication, e.g. signs reading
> "WEAR A MASK AND MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING"
>
>

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