Word of the Decade Nominations Open for 2000-2009

Bill Palmer w_a_palmer at BELLSOUTH.NET
Fri Jan 16 17:31:19 UTC 2009

I recommend "bushed"

Bill Palmer

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Subject: Word of the Decade Nominations Open for 2000-2009

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> At the American Dialect Society annual meeting in Baltimore next
> January, not only will the Society choose Words of the Year just past,
> but members and friends will also have the solemn responsibility of
> choosing a Word of the Decade 2000-2009.
> http://www.americandialect.org/woty2009/
> Until most of 2009 is over, judgment about the top words of 2009 will
> have to wait. But since the decade is nearly over, it is not too early
> to consider which word best reflects this volatile ten-year period.
> Nominations may be sent to the chair of the ADS New Words Committee,
> Grant Barrett, at gbarrett at worldnewyork.org. The committee will hold
> an open meeting to consider nominations on Thursday, January 7, 2010,
> with the final vote the next day.
> Candidates will include the ADS Word of the Year for each year, though
> the choice for Word of the Decade need not be limited to them. Some of
> them pervaded the whole decade, but others characterized only their
> particular year. These were the Words of the Year, many of which now
> require explanation:
> 2000 chad, a small scrap of paper punched from a voting card.
> 2001 9/11, terrorist attacks on September 11.
> 2002 weapons of mass destruction or WMD, sought for (without success)
> in Iraq.
> 2003 metrosexual, fashion-conscious heterosexual male.
> 2004 red/blue/purple states, red favoring conservative Republicans and
> blue favoring liberal Democrats, as well as the undecided purple
> states in the political map of the United States.
> 2005 truthiness, what one wishes to be the truth regardless of the
> facts. (From the Colbert Report on television.)
> 2006 to be plutoed, to pluto, to be demoted or devalued, as was the
> former planet Pluto.
> 2007 subprime, a risky or less than ideal loan or investment.
> 2008 bailout, rescue by government of companies on the brink of failure.
> The American Dialect Society was established in 1889 to study the
> English language in North America. It has been choosing Words of the
> Year since 1990, and Words of the Decade since 2000. In 2000 the Word
> of the Decade was web. (That year the Society also chose Word of the
> Century, jazz, and Word of the Millennium, she.)
> More information on Words of the Year is available at the American
> Dialect Society website, http://www.americandialect.org/woty/.
> Grant Barrett
> Vice President of Communications and Technology
> American Dialect Society
> http://www.americandialect.org
> gbarrett at worldnewyork.org
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