least likely to succeed? really?

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Sat Jan 9 14:13:22 UTC 2010

On Sat, Jan 9, 2010 at 8:48 AM,  <ronbutters at aol.com> wrote:
> I agree with Larry that the results with respect to "least likely to succeed" are
> ridiculous.  But recall "Bush lips" and "truthiness" and a host of other "words"
>  that the Circus in past years recognized as winners for various categories,
> all of which would have done best as "least likely to succeed."  This year's
> choices were generally no sillier than those of other years--and equally
> forgettable.

I know Ron is no fan of "truthiness", but it has in fact shown some
staying power since '05. A check on Google News shows 46 news articles
using "truthiness" in the last month alone:


That's more than can be said for, say, "plutoed", which only shows up
in articles about ADS WOTY. :->

--Ben Zimmer

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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