[Ads-l] WOTY 2017 nominations (corpus-based)

Mark Davies Mark_Davies at BYU.EDU
Thu Jan 4 14:56:33 UTC 2018

For a corpus-based approach to the 2017 Word of the Year:


(Based on more than 1.7 billion words of data from 2017 in the 5.5 billion word NOW corpus, including 4-6 million words each day throughout the year.)

Mark Davies
Professor of Linguistics / Brigham Young University

** Corpus design and use // Linguistic databases **
** Historical linguistics // Language variation **
** English, Spanish, and Portuguese **

From: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> on behalf of Hugo <hugovk at GMAIL.COM>
Sent: Wednesday, January 3, 2018 4:13 PM
Subject: WOTY 2017 nominations

These are all based on words people have been talking about on Twitter the
past year, from 120,412 tweets. Most of last year's were related to the US
presidential election (bigly, braggadocious and bragadocious, shenanigans,
malarkey, headass), and many of this year's also relate to the president.

* broflake
* [the] caucacity
* cockwomble
* covfefe
* dotard
* douchecanoe
* dracarys
* shitgibbon
* shooketh
* twatwaffle
* woke

These are all sourced from analysis of three Twitter bots that have been
collecting words from Twitter since 2013. They've looked for certain
sentences and extracted the X.

* @lovihatibot -- "I love/hate the word X"
* @nixibot -- "X is not/isn't/ain't a word"
* @favibot -- "X is my new favorite/favourite/fave word"

More info:


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

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