End of the year, end of the decade. Time to do some retrospecting, don't you think? Over the next couple of weeks I'll be posting my lists of words and brands that (IMHO, of course) have made the greatest impact during 2009 and during the Naughties.
The American Dialect Society will announce its own Word of the Decade at the society's annual meeting in January. To create my own list, I've observed the ADS criteria, selecting words that were, in my estimation:
- especially prominent or important throughout the years 2000-2009
- indicative of trends, fads, upheavals, groundswells, or sea changes which affected history, culture, or society throughout the years 2000-2009.
As you'll see, the 9/11 attacks and the wars they precipitated had a big effect on the decade's vocabulary.
If you don't see a word you think belongs on the list, it may be because it had its heyday in a previous decade. Or it may have risen to prominence in 2009, in which case there's a good chance I'll be including it in my Words of the Year post (coming soonhere!).
In alphabetical order: