Misty Harris, who writes about consumer trends and pop culture for Canada’s Postmedia News, interviewed me and other word-watchers—Grant Barrett, Marty Chan, Erin McKean, and Ben Zimmer—about our picks for the words of the year for 2013. Her story, “Cronuts and Selfies and Twerking, Oh My!”, is now available online.
The me part:
Nancy Friedman, a professional name-developer and columnist for Visual Thesaurus, said food portmanteaus stood out for her as having a banner year. Among the most notable were cronut (a croissant-donut hybrid), s’monut (s’more-donut), and frissant (fritter-croissant).
“(It) must say something about wanting it all — or wanting at least two things at once — and then indulging our playful side in the naming,” said Friedman, whose other picks for 2013 include “glasshole” (someone who wears Google Glass in a socially inappropriate way), “lean” (as in, lean in), and “BYOD” (Bring Your Own Device).
Come back Friday to read my complete WotY list.