WOTY candidate(s): Iraqification, Iraqization

Kathleen E. Miller millerk at NYTIMES.COM
Wed Sep 24 14:09:27 UTC 2003

At 09:18 PM 9/23/2003 -0400, you wrote:
>Brand-spanking-new word division:
>Nexis has one hit from the Observer in April, the other 5 from
>September, including the one in today's Times that got me going.
>Interesting column that compares today's (planned) "Iraqification"
>with the "Vietnamization" of an earlier conflict some of us recall;
>note the contrast in suffixes.  As it happens, there are also six
>Nexis hits on "Iraqization", all from June to September of this year.
>I prefer "Iraqification" on (I think) phonological grounds, but I
>don't suppose I should play favorites.

Safire's column this coming Sunday deals with this. We received hundreds of
emails on it, the overwhelming majority choosing Iraqification as well

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