Let the Word of the Year (WoTY) rumpus begin! Collins Dictionary, based in the UK, has already picked a winner: permacrisis, which I’d been unaware of until I read the announcement last week. (Definition: an extended period of instability and insecurity.) Collins is based in the UK, where the word may have greater currency; the British bias would also explain a couple of runners-up, Carolean (“relating to Charles III of Great Britain and Northern Ireland”) and partygate (a reference to former PM Boris Johnson’s flouting of pandemic restrictions).
Splooting squirrel via Cowboy State Daily
Meanwhile, American Speech, the journal of the American Dialect Society, has published the second half of the ADS’s 2021 words of the year, and I’m a contributor. (The issue is dated August 2022, but it took a few months to wend its way online.) My entry discusses TFG (‘the former guy”); it’s free to read here. (Requires a click to reach the PDF.)
I also contributed an entry, “the Big Lie,” to the first installment. Read it here.
I think the emergence of "TFG" has been wonderful:
• It was used extemporaneously by plain-speaking Joe Biden, not known for being hyper-articulate.
• One can avoid mentioning Trump's name.
• It apparently infuriates Trump.
Posted by: Dan Freiberg | November 12, 2022 at 03:09 PM