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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Words of the year

Those crazy kids at the American Dialect Society have been at it again, identifying those words and phrases which entered the lexicon in 2005. My personal favourites are:

Heck of a job: catch phrase coined by President Bush. Brown-out: the poor handling of an emergency. Muffin top: the bulge of flesh hanging over the top of low-rider jeans. Patent troll: a person or business, especially a lawyer, who applies for or owns a patent with no intention of developing the product but with every intention of launching lawsuits against patent infringers. Jump the couch: to exhibit strange or frenetic behavior. Inspired by the couchbouncing antics of Tom Cruise on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show in May. It derives from an earlier term, jump the shark, meaning to (irretrievably) diminish in quality; to outlast public interest or popular support. Metrospiritual: an unspecific, cosmopolitan, and expansive view of spirituality. Inspired by metrosexual.
The 2005 Word of the Year, inexplicably, is truthiness, the quality of stating concepts or facts one wishes or believes to be true, rather than concepts or facts known to be true, while podcast was voted the most useful new word. Previous WotY winners are: 2004: Red/blue/purple states (my favourite is pajamahadeen, bloggers who challenge and factcheck traditional media) 2003: Metrosexual 2002: WMD 2001: 9/11 (my choice: impeachment nostalgia, longing for the superficial news of the Clinton era.) 2000: Chad 1999: Y2K 1998: e (as prefix) 1997: Millennium bug 1996: Mom (as in Soccer Mom) 1995: World Wide Web 1994: Cyber 1993: Information superhighway 1992: Not! 1991: Mother of all... 1990: Bushlips