Webster ’s New World College Dictionary announ ces its word-of-the-year candidates

Grant Barrett gbarrett at WORLDNEWYORK.ORG
Fri Nov 21 15:36:37 UTC 2008

Webster’s New World College Dictionary has announced its top five
words of the year candidates. Odd choices from WNW, as usual.


leisure sickness: a purported syndrome, not universally recognized by
psychologists, by which some people (typically characterized as
workaholics) are more likely to report feeling ill during weekends and
vacations than when working.

overshare: to divulge excessive personal information, as in a blog or
broadcast interview, prompting reactions ranging from alarmed
discomfort to approval

cyberchondriac: a hypochondriac who imagines that he or she has a
particular disease based on medical information gleaned from the

selective ignorance: the practice of selectively ignoring distracting,
irrelevant, or otherwise unnecessary information received, such as e-
mails, news reports, etc.

youthanasia: “…The controversial practice of performing a battery of
age-defying medical procedures to end lifeless skin and wrinkles;
advocated by some as a last-resort measure to put the chronically
youth-obsessed out of their misery…Think of it as mercy lifting.” –
Armand Limnander, New York Times

Grant Barrett
gbarrett at worldnewyork.org

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