The American Dialect Society is accepting nominations for the 2006 word of the year. (Last year's ADS WOTY was the Stephen Colbert coinage "truthiness.") The ground rules:
Remember, the word of the Year is interpreted in its broader sense as a “vocabulary item”—not just single words but phrases can be nominated, too. Nominated terms do not have to be brand new, but they should be newly prominent or notable in the past year, usually by being a part of widespread discussion or importance.
Early nominations have already been submitted by a couple of linguistic luminaries. Wayne Glowka, chair of the New Words Committee of the American Dialect Society and editor of the column “Among the New Words” in the journal American Speech, sent 26 submissions, including:
chesticles Man boobs
cut and jog Cut and run at a slower pace
ecosexual Person choosing dates according to a partner's green habits
nicotini Tobacco-flavored cocktail (for smokeless bars)
tramp stamp Tattoo at the base of a woman's spine
And from Grant Barrett, editor of the Double-Tongued Dictionary, come 16 nominations, including:
anchor baby A child born of an immigrant to the United States, and a device by which a family can find legal foothold here
chief memory officer A person in charge of maintaining an organization's collective knowledge, experience, and history
God wink Something taken as evidence that a higher power is at work; a coincidence
Hummer house An overly large single-family residence
You can nominate, too. Send words to email@example.com -- and add a comment here to let us know what you're nominating.