In a few weeks, members of the American Dialect Society (and of the word-loving public) will gather in New Orleans and vote on the words of the year and the decade. Ten years ago, the American Dialect Society picked google as its overall winner; my own list back then included blog, Ground Zero, terrorism, and PTSD.
New decade, new list. As before, I’m following ADS criteria. To qualify for my list, a word must be:
- demonstrably new or newly popular in the decade in question
- widely and/or prominently used in the decade in question
- indicative or reflective of the popular discourse
- not a peeve or a complaint about overuse or misuse
I confess a bias toward my interests in technology, business, and social media (just as the ADS has a bias toward words of specifically linguistic interest).
I welcome your own nominations in the comments. You can also submit words of the year and decade to ADS: firstname.lastname@example.org.