2010 WOTY nominations open

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Dec 28 01:10:56 UTC 2010

At 5:56 PM -0500 12/27/10, Victor Steinbok wrote:
>A couple more entries that I have not seen yet--again, mostly from the
>same sources (tea party terminology, oil spill)
>- lamestream media (not entirely sure if it was a Palinism

No, it considerably predated her entrance on the scene, popularized
by her friends at FOX News.  I don't know who invented it; I'd guess
a right-wing blogger, but someone on the list no doubt has better

A feeble entry, from today's news:  "snownado", as some are
apparently calling the current weather event that combines features
of both snowstorms and tornados.


>or if it came
>from one of the her mama-grizzly farm)
>- work-around (was very popular during the oil-spill fix--perhaps not as
>popular as "spillcam")
>- means of production (in particular in reference to ACA--trite
>tea-party complaint about the government taking over the means of
>production, a.k.a., "Socialism")
>- head-stomper (the Rand Paul supporter who, well, stomped on a head of
>a protester--this was quickly picked up by DailyKos and other assorted
>There were some interesting quotes too...
>I don't have the full quote of Harry Reid from Game-Change:
>" 'light-skinned' African American 'with no Negro dialect unless he
>wanted to have one' "
>Then there is Obama's
>" [... so] I know whose ass to kick."
>Full quote:
>"We talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers,
>so I know whose ass to kick."
>On 12/21/2010 12:56 PM, Grant Barrett wrote:
>>The American Dialect Society is now accepting nominations for the
>>"word of the year" of 2010.
>>The full announcement, with links to five sets of early
>>nominations, is here: http://bit.ly/2010woty
>>What is the word or phrase which best characterizes the year? What
>>expression most reflects the ideas, events, and themes which have
>>occupied the English-speaking world, especially North America?
>>Nominations can be sent by email to woty at americandialect.org or to
>>the Twitter user name @americandialect, or they can be made in
>>Twitter by using the hashtag #woty10.
>>They will be considered for the American Dialect Society's 21st
>>annual word-of-the-year vote, the longest-running vote of its kind
>>in the world and the word-of-the-year event up to which all
>>word-of-the-year votes lead. It will be held in Pittsburgh on
>>Friday, January 7, 2011.
>>The best "word of the year" candidates will be:
>>-new or newly popular in 2010
>>-widely or prominently used in 2010
>>-indicative or reflective of the popular discourse
>>Read more: http://bit.ly/2010woty
>>Grant Barrett
>>American Dialect Society
>>Vice President of Communications and Technology
>>grantbarrett at gmail.com
>The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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