Some people get excited when their team wins the playoffs. Others are ecstatic when their candidate wins the general election. With word geeks, it’s when a favorite word makes a Word of the Year list. This week we examine some of the most popular word lists (one is a banish word list, so I guess you’re glad if your word doesn’t make it). Did your favorite word make the cut? Could you, would you use any of them in your writing?
- App: application American Dialect Society 2010 Word of the Year
- Austerity: the act of severe or stern manner or behavior. Merriam-Webster 2010 Word of the Year
- Viral: describes how something other than a virus (such as a video) can spread like a virus. Lake Superior State University 2010 Banished Word of the Year
- Refudiate: a mashup of refute and repudiate. New Oxford American Dictionary 2010 Word of the Year
- Kinetic event: used by the Pentagon to describe violent attacks on American troops in Afghanistan. American Dialect Society 2010 Most Euphemistic Word of the Year
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