WOTY candidate(s): Iraqification, Iraqization

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Sep 24 16:44:16 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

Well, I'm glad I beat the rush.


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