Etymologie, Etimología, Étymologie, Etimologia, Etymology, (griech.) etymología, (lat.) etymologia, (esper.) etimologio
US Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika, Estados Unidos de América, États-Unis d'Amérique, Stati Uniti d'America, United States of America, (esper.) Unuigintaj Statoj de Ameriko
Wörter des Jahres, Des Mots de l'Année, Words of the Year, (esper.) vortoj la jaro (?)
American Dialect Society
Words of the Year 1990 - 2005
In 1990 the ADS began choosing words of the year, looking back on the year gone by. You can find a complete list of our choices at our website.
Here are the final vote tallies for the Words of the Year from the American Dialect Society at its annual conference, held this year in Boston. These are the words which most colored the nation’s lexicon, or otherwise dominated the national discourse.
Note that voting tallies for each category will vary in their totals, for not all attendees voted in all categories. Votes were held in a series of run-offs until a clear winner was recognized. Votes are listed according to voting rounds, first-second-third.
Word of the Year
WINNER truthiness | Katrina | podcast | intelligent design | refugee | Cruiselex | Heck of a job | brown-out | disas=ter industrial complex
WINNER podcast | lifehack | truthiness | patent troll
WINNER pinosaur | muffin top | flee-ancée
WINNER K Fed | man date | pope-squatting | reverse logistics
WINNER crotchfruit | Whizzinator | Bumper Nutz | Ex-Lax option | intelligent design
WINNER internal nutrition | holistic practitioner | VBIED | holiday tree | extraordinary rendition | man date
Best Tom-Cruise-Related Word: Cruiselex
WINNER jump the couch | TomKat | Cruisazy
Most Likely to Succeed
WINNER sudoku | podcast | Cyber Monday | folksonomy
Least Likely to Succeed
WINNER pope-squatting | metrospiritual | Cruiselex | Brangelina | GSAVE
- Winner metrosexua: noun, a fashion-conscious heterosexual male, or, as coiner Mark Simpson put it, a man who “has clearly taken himself as his own love object.” 20-36-35l
- pre-emptive self-defens: noun, an attack before a possible attack.18-10e
- embe: verb, to place a journalist with troops or a political campaign. Noun, a journalist who is so placed. 7d
- zhuzh, tjuz: verb, to plump up, fluff up or primp. 4s
- governator, gropenator, gropenführe: noun, the current Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger. 3r
- weapons of mass deceptio: plural noun, the hunt for weapons of mass destruction as a pretext for war. 10n
- weapons o: formative, including weapons of mass destruction, weapons of mass distraction. 3f
- SAR: acronym for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. This was a surprise entry after the first elimination round,Sunorthodoxly nominated by one of our members from China. (no first round)-24-31
- Most Useful: word or phrase which most fills a need for a new word
- Winner flexitarian: noun, a vegetarian who occasionally eats meat. 31-41
- SARS: 12-9
- -shoring: formative, indicating the location of jobs or businesses, including offshoring, moving businesses or jobs out of the country; rightshoring, returning them to the US; and nearshoring, moving them to Canada. 3
- embed: 8
- ass-hat: noun, a thoughtless or stupid person. 3
- text: verb, to send a text message. 11-24
- Most Creative
- Winner freegan: noun, person who eats only what they can get for free. 18-23-45
- tanorexia: noun, the condition of being addicted to tanning. 0
- governator, gropenator, gropenführer: 20-27-32
- manscaping: noun, male body-shaving. 22-22
- tofurkey: noun, a faux turkey crafted from tofu. Also a trade name. 1
- metrosexual: 12
- Most Unnecessary: word for phrase for which we already have a perfectly good word, or which fills a need no one has.
- Winner freedom: noun, replacing “French” in phrases or compound nouns such as French fries, French kiss, and French tickler. 54
- Bennifer: noun, the couple of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez. 18
- Most Outrageous: word or phrase most likely to cause complaint.
- Winner cliterati: collective noun, feminist or woman-oriented writers or opinion-leaders. 28-38
- torture lite: noun phrase, torture short of bodily harm. 14
- useful idiot: noun phrase, a human shield for the enemy. 6
- DILF: abbreviation for Dad I’d Like to F..., patterned after MILF. 21-33
- Most Euphemistic: word or phrase which least says what it means to.
- Winner pre-emptive self-defense: noun phrase, an attack made before a possible attack. 45
- population reduction: noun phrase, a combat assignment. 4
- transfer tube: compound noun, a body bag. 11
- extraordinary rendition: noun phrase, the deportation to a country that will receive a person unkindly, such as with torture. 5
- Most Likely to Succeed: word or phrase most likely to be here next year.
- Winner SARS: 40
- zhuzh, tjuzs: 8
- metrosexual: 14
- -lite: combining form, as in patriotism lite, torture lite, Bush lite, a moderate Democrat. 9
- Least Likely to Succeed: word or phrase least likely to be here next year.
- Winner tomacco: noun, a hybrid of tomato and tobacco, which happens to be poisonous. 54
- Lib Radio: noun phrase, liberal talk radio. 7
- zeta-jones: verb, to scarf or eat ravenously. 10
- recockulous ridiculous 0
- Best Revival: word or phrase brought back from the past.
- Winner spider hole: compound noun, an expertly camouflaged hole used by soldiers from which they can strike. This term goes at least back to 1941. 52
- downer sick cow 2
- frog-marching: noun, walking awkwardly in restraints while under arrest. 10
- Collyer: noun, in New York City, a person trapped under their own collected debris in their apartment. 4
Most likely to succeed: "blog" (30 votes). Other candidates: "Amber alert" (20); "Axis of", "alliance" (8); "teen angstrel", "angst-ridden popular singer" (1).
- "google" (verb) - to search the Web using the search engine Google for information on a person or thing: 11 votes.
- "blog" - from weblog, a website of personal events, comments, and links: 6 votes.
- "Amber alert" - public announcement of a missing child: 4 votes.
- "regime change" - forced change in leadership: 3 votes.
Most useful: "google" (verb).
All 60 votes in this category were for this word. Other candidates, with no votes, were: "dataveillance", "surveillance using computer data"; the prefix "war-" as in "wardriving" or "warchalking", finding locations for unauthorized wireless Internet access; My big fat ______; like no other, extremely.
Other candidate in the runoff: "walking pinata", a person subject to relentless criticism, most recently Trent Lott (25).
Other candidates in the first vote: "dialarhoea", inadvertent dialing of a cell phone in a pocket or handbag (8); 201 (k), a 401 (k) retirement account ruined by stock losses (8); "apatheist", someone believing that God or gods exist but are not of any use (7).
Most unnecessary: "wombanization", "feminization", from Alexander Barnes’ book The Book Read Backwards: The Deconstruction of Patriarchy and the Wombanization of Being (46 votes).
Other candidates: "Saddameter", meter on television showing daily likelihood of war with Iraq (13); "virtuecrat", person both politically correct and morally righteous (10); "black tide", large-scale oil pollution at sea (0).
Most euphemistic: regime change (38 votes). Other candidates: V card, slang term for virginity (14); newater, sewage water purified and recycled into the fresh water system (7); unorthodox entrepreneur, panhandler, prostitute, or drug dealer in a Vancouver park (4); Enronomics, fraudulent business and accounting practices (1); dirty bomb, conventional bomb laced with radioactive material (0).
In the previous year, the special category Most Inspirational had been added to incorporate Todd Beamer’s Let’s roll! attacking the hijackers of United Flight 93 on September 11, 2001. For 2002, President Bush’s embetterment as in the embetterment of mankind was proposed as justifying another Most Inspirational, but it was rejected 45 votes to 12. Another candidate for Most Inspirational was proposed, grid butt, the runner-up in the Most Outrageous category, but the chair, who favored embetterment, arbitrarily ruled it out of order.
The candidates and voting tallies:
- 1. Most Outrageous: assoline Methane used as a fuel
- 2. Most Euphemistic: daisy cutter Bomb used by US Air Force
- 3. Most Likely to Succeed: 9-11 Terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001
- 4. Most Useful: A Tie, facial profiling Videotaping a crowd to identify criminals and terrorists second-hand speech Overheard cell-phone conversation
- 5. Most Creative: shuicide bomber Terrorist with bomb in shoes
- 6. Most Unnecessary: impeachment nostalgia Longing for the superficial news of the Clinton era
- 8. Most Inspirational: Let’s roll! Let us take action! (words of Todd Beamer)
- 9. Word of the Year 9-11 (and its equivalents)
1. Most Outrageous
2. Most Euphemistic
- assoline Methane used as a fuel (23 first vote; 41 second vote)
- burka blue Color of the head-to-toe garment worn by some Afghan women (15)
- cuddle puddle Pile of Ecstacy users on the floor (3)
3. Most Likely to Succeed
- women of cover Muslim women who wear traditional dress (Bushism) (9)
- daisy cutter Bomb used by US Air Force (45)
- sneakers-up Belly-up (of a dot-com) (1)
4. Most Useful
- 9-11 Terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 (50)
- pop-under Internet ad appearing under main browser window (3)
- weaponize Adapt for use as a weapon (anthrax, shoes, etc.) (9)
5. Most Creative
- facial profiling Videotaping a crowd to identify criminals and terrorists (12-17-29—first, second, and third votes)
- linguistic profiling Using dialect to identify someone’s race, region, social class (10-15—first and second votes)
- annoyicon Logo in bottom corner of a television screen (3)
- weapons-grade Potent (like weapons-grade salsa) (4)
- theoterrorism Attacks on civilians for a religious purpose (9-9—first and second votes)
- overconnectedness Being connected everywhere all the time (3)
- table (v) Staff an informational table (1)
- debris surge, debris storm Spread of debris from collapsing building (1)
- second-hand speech Overheard cell-phone conversation (10-14-28—first, second, and third votes—tie declared)
6. Most Unnecessary
- shuicide bomber Terrorist with bomb in shoes (26)
- assoline (1)
- so Sept. 10 Petty; self-absorbed; oblivious to impending danger (5)
- Netwallah Web site administrator (4)
- orthorexia nervosa Obsession with eating the right foods (11)
7. Least Likely to Succeed
- "the terrorists will have already won" (15-15—first and second votes)
- impeachment nostalgia Longing for the superficial news of the Clinton era (21-27—first and second votes)
- EC Emotionally correct (15-15—first and second votes)
- desk rage Fit thrown in the office (2)
8. Most Inspirational
- interruptible (n) Energy customer allowing suspensions of service (0)
- dot-orging Changing employment from a dot-com to a dot-org (4)
9. Word of the Year
- Let’s roll! Let us take action! (no real vote tallied)
- 9-11 and equivalents (29)
- impeachment nostalgia (0)
- burka (10)
- Let’s roll! (1)
- theoterrorism (4)
- misunderestimate (4)
- homeland (5)
Most Outrageous: wall humping (30), rubbing a thigh against a security card scanner to allow access without the inconvenience of removing the card from one’s pocket. Other candidates: starter castle (10), a dot-commer’s first house, and McMansion (6), a big new home in incredibly bad taste.
Most Euphemistic: courtesy call (37), an uninvited call from a telemarketer. Other candidates: Supreme Court justice (14), reflecting a disenchanted view of the presidential election, and klabokeys (2; see below).
Most Likely to Succeed: muggle (27). Other candidates: m-commerce (14), buying and selling over a cell phone, and WAP (3), Wireless Application Protocol, a specification that enables wireless devices to connect with one another.
Most Useful: civil union (40), legal same-sex marriage. Other candidates: bricks-and-clicks (10), a traditional business with a website, and c.u. (5), to join a couple in civil union.
Most Creative: dot bomb (31). Other candidates: blobject (19), a product like the iMac with curvilinear design; dot snot (12), a young dot-com millionaire; megawatt laundering (5), interstate buying and selling of electricity to avoid state price controls; Sore Loserman (5), respelling of Gore-Lieberman campaign poster, and Nader trader or Nader traitor (5), a supporter of Ralph Nader in a state with a close race between Gore and Bush who would vote for Gore in return for a Gore supporter in another state voting for Nader.
Most Unnecessary: sudden loss of wealth syndrome (31) which pretty well defines itself. Other candidates: scootermania (10), obsession with foot-powered scooters, and Floridate (0), spoil the orderliness of an election.
Least Likely to Succeed: kablokeys (26), a hard-to-pronounce and obscure word used in phrases like It scared the kablokeys out of me. Other candidates: subliminable (10), Saturday Night Live spoof of G.W. Bush pronunciation, and "malaphrophesizing" 10), predictions phrased in "malapropisms".
Word of the 1990s Decade was "web".
Word of the Twentieth Century was "jazz".
Word of the Past Millennium was "she".
Voting began with Words of the Year 1999. These words were chosen in particular categories, with approximate votes for each:
Most Useful: dot-com, a company operating on the Web. Other nominees: fatigue (0) as in millennium fatigue, Clinton fatigue.
Most Unnecessary: milly (28), dance for the millennium commissioned by the city of Chicago. Others: compassionate conservative (28), political label of Presidential candidate George W. Bush; birdosaur (22), a flying dinosaur; millennium fatigue (4).
Most Likely to Succeed: dot-com (31) company doing business on the World-Wide Web. Others: portal (9) entry site to the Web, e-tail (7) retail business conducted on the Web, baby Bills (2) companies that Bill Gates’ Microsoft might be broken up into as a result of the government’s antitrust lawsuit.
Most Outrageous: humanitarian intervention, (29) military force used for humanitarian purposes. Others: compassionate conservative (12); Acela (1), Amtrak trademark for new service.
Most Original: cybersquat, (32) to register a Web address intending to sell it at a profit. Others: HMO+ (21) covered by a bad health maintenance organization, analogous to HIV positive; coffee-zilla (3) very strong coffee; logobeef (3), student slang for something thrown over a high balcony.
Most Euphemistic: compassionate conservative(28). Others: Your call is very important to us (22) answering machine message, humanitarian intervention (13), possum-rider (3) student slang for person indiscriminate with sexual partners, m’kay (2) South Park movie substitute for F-word.
Brand New (not attested in previous years): Pokémania, (33) obsession with Pokémon. Others: mousetrapping (19) blocking exit from a Website, trench coat mafia (0) purported clique of students at Columbine High School, Colorado.
It took only one vote to choose Y2K as Word of the Year. Of the final nominees, Y2K got 55 votes, dot-com (5), cybersquat (2), and Pokémania (0).
For Word of the Decade, web received 45 votes, the prefix e- 10, way meaning yes (4), the prefix Franken meaning genetically modified as in Frankenfood (2), ethnic cleansing (0) and senior moment (0).
For Word of the Century, jazz got 50 votes to about 12 for runner-up DNA. Also in the running were the slang cool (10), media (9), T-shirt (7), teenager (6), acronym (4), teddy bear (3), World War (2) and melting pot (0).
For Word of the Millennium, other candidates were the article the (16), OK (13), freedom (7), book (4), human (3), justice (1), truth (1), language (1), government (1), news (0), nature (0), history (0) and go (0).
"e-" has been around in "e-mail" for nearly two decades, but it has recently multiplied its lexical connections with business in terms like "e-business", "e-commerce", and "e-tailing" (retailing on the Internet). A week after the ADS vote, on Jan. 15, the mantric power of "e-" was exemplified in a Dilbert cartoon where two venture capitalists say, “You’ll get no more funding unless you mutter empty Internet words that make us swoon,” and "e-commerce" knocks them over.
The significance of sexual relations was also reinforced about a week after the ADS vote, on Jan. 16, when the editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association was fired for publishing an article whose subject was the meaning of sex as understood by college students.
Before the vote for the Word of the Year, the assembly chose winners in eight categories. Votes were by show of hand and are approximate.
1. Most Useful: e- 35 votes. Others: senior moment (11) momentary lapse of memory due to age; multislacking (5) playing at the computer when one should be working; open source (2) source code of software programs available to all.
3. Most Likely to Succeed: e- 25 votes. Others: rage as in road rage, etc. (18); moment as in senior moment, Kodak moment (12).
4. Least Likely to Succeed: compfusion (26) confusion over computers. Others: explornography (22) tourism in exotic and dangerous places; Ruth- Aaron pair (4) two consecutive numbers the sum of whose prime factors is equal; jiggy (2) as in get jiggy, be active.
5. Most Outrageous: Ejaculation Proclamation (41) the President’s confession. Others: wrong-site surgery (7) surgery on the wrong side of the body; Lovegety (5) electronic transceiver of love receptiveness.
6. Most Original: multislacking (30). Others: angst bunny (20) young woman with black clothes and lots of body piercing; Preslyterianism (4) cult of Elvis Presley in the South; bililoquy (1) conversation with one’s alter ego.
7. Most Euphemistic: senior moment (22). Others: symmetry failure (16) another name for wrong-site surgery; controlled flight into terrain (6) airplane crash with a good pilot and good plane; demographic fatigue (6) problems caused by overpopulation; sexual relations (5).
8. Brand new (coined during the year, not previously attested): -agra or -gra (26) suffix denoting substance prompting men to perform unusually, as in Directra that causes men to ask for directions, from the drug name Viagra. Others: PPD (16) or politics of personal destruction; MAD (14) or millennial anxiety disorder, distress at the end of the millennium; dot (6) to strike someone with light from a laser pointer.
1. Most Useful: tie between -[r]azzi and duh expression of stupidity. Each received 20 votes in a runoff. Other candidates in the first vote: office (verb) to do office work, 4 votes; Y2K another name for the millennium bug, 4 votes.
2. Most Unnecessary: heaven-o (28 votes) replacement for the greeting hello approved by the city council in Kingsville, Texas. Others: disintermediation (9 votes) doing away with the intermediary by selling directly from manufacturer to consumer; yuppie puppy (3) second generation yuppie; Cablinasian (1) ethnic self-description of golfer Tiger Woods, from Caucasian, Black, Indian, Asian.
3. Most Likely to Succeed: DVD (30) Digital Versatile Disk, optical disk technology expected to replace CDs. Others: handheld (4) (noun) handheld digital device; push (2) automatic delivery of customized Internet content to one’s desktop; be dilberted (2) to be mistreated or taken advantage of by one’s boss.
4. Most Outrageous: Florida flambé (23) fire caused by Florida electric chair. The other candidate in the runoff vote was exit bag (17) bag placed over the head to assist in suicide. In the first vote: Prince Albert (7) ring worn in the head of the penis; pro-snip (5) in favor of castration for convicted sex offenders; robo-roach (3) cockroach controlled by an electronic backpack.
5. Most Original: prairie dogging (24) popping up one’s head above an office cubicle for the sake of curiosity. Others: teledildonics (6) sexual interaction by means of virtual reality; El Nonsense (6) illogical association of an event with El NiÒo; spamouflage a non-spam-like header on a spam email message.
6. Most Euphemistic: exit bag (22). Others: corrections cocktail (7) mixture of feces and urine thrown at officers in prisons; UCE (6) unsolicited commercial email, that is, spam; heaven-o (4).
7. Brand New (coined during the year, not previously attested): El Nonsense (29). Others: bird flu (5) Hong Kong H5N1 avian flu transmissible to humans; Giggy (4) Gigantosaurus carolinii, dinosaur larger than T. rex.
8. Word of the Year first vote: millennium bug (16); -[r]azzi (14); jitterati (3) coffee fetishists; road rage (3) anger at other motorists; the bomb (1) the greatest; Elvis witness (1) someone who has seen a missing person after the reported time of disappearance; virtual (1) as in reality; duh (1).
Most Useful: dot (18 votes) used instead of period in email and URL addresses. Runner-up was d’oh (12) recognition of one’s stupidity (from the Simpsons TV show).
Most Unnecessary: Mexican hustle (20) another name for the Macarena (and it’s not Mexican). Runner-ups were bridge to the 21st century (13) the putative work of presidential candidate Bill Clinton, and uber- (6) prefix substituting for super as in ubermom.
Most Controversial: Ebonics (unanimous) African-American vernacular English. Even among ADS members Ebonics was controversial, as they found themselves disagreeing on the definition. Does Ebonics imply that it is a separate language?
Most Likely to Succeed: drive-by (25) designating brief visits or hospital stays as in drive-by labor, drive-by mastectomy, drive-by viewing. Runner-up nail (7) to accomplish perfectly, as an Olympic feat, election victory, or movie role.
Most Original: prebuttal (18) preemptive rebuttal; quick response to a political adversary. Runner-up: alpha geek (14).
Most Euphemistic: tie (18 each) between urban camping living homeless in a city, and food insecure said of a country where people are starving.
Word of the Year, first vote: mom 7, alpha geek 7, drive-by 7, go there to mention a topic 6, dot 5, all that 5, Macarena 2, stalkerazzi 2, nail 1, prebuttal 1, una as in Unabomber 1.
Second vote: mom 12, alpha geek 9, drive-by 7, go there 7, dot 4, all that 3.
Third vote: mom 17, alpha geek 10, drive-by 9, go there 6.
Final vote: mom 25, alpha geek 16.
Most Useful: E.Q. (for Emotional Quotient), the ability to manage one’s emotions, seen as a factor in achievement.
Most Unnecessary: Vanna White shrimp, large shrimp for the restaurant market.
Most Likely to Succeed: World Wide Web and its variants.
Most Original: postal or go postal, to act irrationally, often violently, from stress at work.
Most Outrageous: starter marriage, a first marriage not expected to be the last, akin to starter home.
Most Euphemistic: patriot, an old term used in the new sense of one who believes in using force of arms if necessary to defend individual rights against the government.
Tie: cyber, pertaining to computers and electronic communication, and morph, to change form.
Most Useful: gingrich, to deal with government agencies, policies, and people in the manner of U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Most Promising: Infobahn, the Internet.
Most Imaginative: guillermo, an email message in a foreign language.
Most Euphemistic: challenged, indicating an undesirable or unappealing condition.
Most Trendy: dress down day or casual day, a workday when employees are allowed to dress casually.
Most Beautiful: sylvanshine, night-time iridescence of forest trees.
Information Superhighway, the national and international network of computers.
Most Useful: thing premodified by a noun, e.g. “a Chicago thing.”
Most Unnecessary: mosaic culture to describe a multicultural society.
Most Likely to Succeed: quotative like with a form of the verb be to indicate speech or thought.
Most Outrageous: whirlpooling, assault of a female by a male group in a swimming pool.
Most Amazing: cybersex, sexual stimulation by computer.
Most Imaginative: McJob, a generic, unstimulating, low-paying job.
Most Euphemistic: street builder, a homeless person who constructs a shanty.
Most Unpronounceable: Jurassosaurus nedegoapeferkimorum, a new dinosaur.
Not! expression of disagreement.
Most Useful: grunge, a style of clothing.
Most Unnecessary: gender feminism, belief that sex roles are social, not biological.
Most Outrageous: ethnic cleansing, purging of ethnic minorities.
Most Original: Franken-, genetically altered.
Most Likely to Succeed: snail mail, s-mail, mail that is physically delivered, as opposed to email.
Most Amazing: Munchhausen’s syndrome by proxy, illness fabricated to evoke sympathy for the caregiver.
Mother of All, greatest,
Most Unnecessary: massively parallel, many small computers yoked together.
Most Successful: in your face, aggressive, confrontational, flamboyant.
Most Original: molecular pharming, pharming, genetically modifying farm animals to produce human proteins for pharmaceutical use.
Most Likely to Succeed: rollerblade, skate with rollers in a single row.
Most Amazing: velcroid, a person who sticks by the (U.S.) president, especially for photo opportunities.
Most Useful: technostupidity, loss of ability through dependence on machines, and potty parity, equalization of toilet facilities for the sexes.
Most Unnecessary: peace dividend, anticipated saving in military spending due to improved relations with the Soviet Union.
Most Outrageous: politically correct, PC, adhering to principles of left-wing social concern.
Most Original: voice merging, the oral tradition of African-American preachers using another’s words.
Most Likely to Succeed: notebook PC, a portable personal computer weighting 4-8 pounds, and rightsizing, adjusting the size of a staff by laying off employees.
Most Amazing: bungee jumping, jumping from a high platform with elastic cables on the feet.
Lake Superior State University
Banished Word List
Banished Words of the Year
Banished Words 1976-2004
Wörter können entstehen und künstlich geschaffen werden. - Sie können aber auch aussterben oder zum Sterben verurteilt werden.
Eine Liste von "verbannungswürdigen" englischen Worten wird auf dieser Seite seit 1976 zusammengestellt. (Zu jedem Wort gibt es eine kurze Beschreibung und Begründung für die Verbannung.
Lake Superior University's Banished Words List is published once a year. It's a list of words or phrases you shouldn't be using anymore - either because they've been overused or because incorrectly used: Lake Superior University's Banished Words List
The list of words and phrases chosen annually by Lake Superior State University as banished from the Queen's English for mis-use, over-use or general uselessness. Lists from previous years are available in their archive to view or to print as a poster.
A list of words which, according to Lake Superior State University, should be banned from the language through overuse or misuse. A slight site, but thought-provoking.
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - Hardly looking "metrosexual", a "shocked and awed" Lake Superior State University Word Banishment selection committee emerged from its spider hole with its annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness.
LSSU (Lake Superior State University) has been compiling the list since 1976, choosing from nominations sent from around the world. This year, words and phrases were pulled from more than 5,000 nominations - a record. Most were sent through the school's website: www.lssu.edu/banished.
Word-watchers pull nominations throughout the year from everyday speech, as well as from the news, fields of education, technology, advertising, politics, and more. A committee gathers the entries and chooses the best in December. The list is released on New Year's Day.
Complete List of Banished Words (1976-2004) - For rationale behind the banishment of these words, click on the year of banishment. (at the original page)
______ In Color | 24/7 | Absolutely! | Academically Ineligible | Accident | Acrost(for Across) | Actioning | Active Possibility | Activity CoRequisite Required | Actual Facts | Address | Adult | Adults Over 21 | Afterfeel | Alcoholic | Alcohol-Related Drunk Driving | Alexander Haig | All Except | All Songs with Monetary References of Less than $5. | All Time Record | Almost Exactly | Alternative Lifestyle | Alternative Music | Alternatives | Always Consistent | Ambience | An Historic | And How Are We Today? | And That's What it's All About | Angst | Apartments Now Renting | Apostrophe | Appall | Apparent | Appreciate | Arguably | Armed and Dangerous | Armed Gunman | Aromatherapy | Articulate | As If | As Per | As We Speak | As Well | Ask For it By Name | Associates | At Risk | At This Point in Time | Athcure | The Athens of the | Athleticism | Attitude | Audibleized | Awesome | Awoken/Woken | Axed (for Asked) | Babyboomers | "Baddaboom, Baddabing" | Ballpark Figure | Bare Naked | Basically | Beautiful | "Been There, Done That " | Begs the Question | Behind Closed Doors | Best Kept Secret | Bicentenary | Big Time | Bill Clinton & Monica Lewinsky | Bi-Partisanship | Black Ice | Bonding | Bots | The Bottom Line | Brainstorm/Brainstorming | Branding | Bridge metaphors | "Bring Them to Justice" or "Bring the Evil-Doers to Justice" | Budget/Deficit Reduction Plan | Build-Down | The bullet went all the way through the body | Bummage | Bureaucrap | Busters | But You Shouldn't Feel that Way! | By and Large | Caboose Words | Came to Play | Campaign Rhetoric | Car-Jacking | Cast in Hat | Catastrophic Health Insurance | Cautiously Optimistic | Celebrate | Celebration | Center Median | Ceremonialization | Chad | Challenge | Challenged | Chill Out | Choreography | Classic | Clean Fill Dirt | Clean Your Room | Clearly Ambiguous | Clients | Climb Down | Close Proximity | Close to Everything | Closure | Co-Conspirator | Cold Glass of Beer | Color Commentator | Colorize | Colorization | Come Down On | Comfortable | Common Sense | Communicastor | Community | Completely Empty | Completely Surround | Conceptualize | Conceptualization | Condition | Conferenced | Conferencing | Connect or Hook Up | Consumer Confidence | Conventional Wisdom | Courtesy Call | Creative Differences | The Crib | Crik | Cul de Sac | Cult Classic | Customer Capital Reduction Plan | Cut a Deal | Cutting Edge | Cybrarian | Cyber | Da Bomb | Deaccessioning | Dead Meat | Dead Serious | Defense | Definite Possibilities | De-Install | Delay Due to an Earlier Accident | De-Plane | Deproliferation | Designer | Destinate | Detente | De-Water | Dialogue | Dialoguing | Diva | Do-able | Docudrama | Doing the _____ thing | Don't (even) Go There | Done Deal | Done in Good Taste | Dot.com | Downsizing | Down Time | Dramedy | Drug Czar | Dude | Dysfunctional | 'E'-anything | Each and Every One of You | Ect. (for Etc.) | Eh | Ekspecially | Embrace | Empower | Enclosed Please Find | End Result | Energy Crisis | "'Estates' in the Names for Mobile Home Parks" | Ethnic Cleansing | Ethics Bill | Ever | Exact Same | Experience | Explicit | Extreme | Factoid | Faith-Based | False Pretenses | False Start Prior to the Snap | Family Values | Farm-Fresh | Fashion Therapist | Faux Pearls or Diamonds | Fax | Febuary | Feisty | Female | Female Brethren | Fifth-Year Senior | Filmed Before a Live Studio Audience | Final Destination | First Annual | First Time Ever | Fisherperson | Flat-Out | Foot Pedal | Foot Speed | For All Your Needs | For Sure | For the Children | Forced Relaxation | Foreign Imports | Foreseeable Future | Forewarn | Former First-Round Draft Choice | Frankly | Free Gift | Fresh Baked | Fresh Donuts | Fresh Frozen | Friendly Fire | "Frig" and "Frigging" | From the Desk of | Frontal Nudity | Fruitworthy | Fun | Functionality | Funeralized | Fuzzy Math | Gaming | Garageable | Gary Hart | False Pretenses | Gathered Together | Generation X | Gentlemen | Get a Life | Get in Touch With Your Feelings | Get it Right the First Time | Get With the Program | Giant Sucking Sound | Gifting (or gift as a verb) | Given | Giving 110 Percent | Glove Compartment | Go to Bed | Going Forward | Good Hands | Got | Got Game | Gourmet | Grandfather | Grass Roots | Gridlock | Grow | Gun Control | Gut Feeling | Half Dead | Hand-Blown Glass | Handicap Parking | Hands On Participatory Experience | Handy-Man Special | Hang Up Your Clothes | Happy Camper | Harvesting | Harya Doone? | Have a good one! | Having Said That | He (She) Just Doesn't Get It | He Goes/She Goes | He Might of Gotten Pushed into Me | He/She | The Health Care Delivery System/Industry | Heads-Up | Heart | Heighth (for Height) | Helicopters Overhead | Hello!? | Hero | He's Some Kind of a (Quarterback) | High-Powered Rifle | High Tech | Highway User Fee | Holiday Nog | Home | Homeland Security | Home For Sale | The Honest Truth | Hopefully | Hot Water Heater | "Howard Cossell, En Masse " | Humanitarian | I. R. A. Account | I Feel | I Feel Your Pain | I Know Where I'm Coming From | But I Don't Know Where You're Coming From | I See What You Are Saying | If ____ Then the Terrorists Win | If You Will | I'm 150 Percent Behind You | I'm Like | I'm Talkin ____ Here | Impact | Implement | In Der Tat | In Diesem Unseren Lande | In His Words | In My Humble Opinion | In Other Words | In Terms of | In the Public Interest | In the Wake of... | In Your Face | Incidences | Infommercial | Information Superhighway | Infotainment | Ink Pen | Input | Interface | Irregardless | Irrespective | Is Dead Tonight | Issues | It's A Good Thing | It's All Good | It's the Pits |
| Joe Sixpack | Jumbo Shrimp | Just Play One Game at a Time | Killer App | Know What I'm Sayin'? | La Macarena | Lake Effect | Language | Large Size Petites | Learning Resources Center | Let's Do Lunch | Level Playing Field | Leverage | Liberal | Lightning Blitz | Lightweighting | Like (see also "I'm like a") | Like I Said | Like To | Liposuction | Listen Up | Live Audience | Living in Poverty | Loan/Lend | Lone Gunman | Longer Hours | Lower Level | Macho | Make Babies | Make No Mistake About It | Making Money | Male | Managing Terrorism | Mandate | Mandatory Options | Manual Recount by Hand | Mate | Material Breach | Maximum Leader | Mc (anything) | Mean-Spirited | Meaningful | Meaningful Dialogue | Medaled | Medical Speak | Medication | Memo | Mental Mistake | Mentoring | Messenger | Micro-Waveable | A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste | Mini Series | Ministry | Minor Emergency Clinic | Mission Statement | Momento | Mopping-Up Operation | Moral Majority | More Bang for the Buck | More Importantly | More Than Happy | The More You Buy, The More You Save | Most Complete | Mother of all ____ | Mouth-Watering Prices | Multidisciplinary Current Awareness Product | Multi-tasking | Must-See TV | Mute Point | My Bad | My Work in the Structure of Baseball | My Plate is Full | Myself | "Mystery Word (sounds familiar, but generally vague) " | Near Miss | Negative | Negative Growth | Negative Supplement | Neonatal Unit | Networking | New Dimension | New Innovation | New Kid on the Street (Block) | New Recruit | Nine-Eleven (9-11) | No | No-Brainer | No Parking at Any Time | No Problem | Non-Essential Government Workers | Norming | Not | Nothing Quite Compares Like a Massage! | Now, More Than Ever | Nu-cu-lar | Nuk-u-lar | Nullities and Voidities | Number and Gender of the Owners in the Name | O. D.-ing on O.J. | Obviously | Office Effectivity | Offload | Off-Sourcing | "Oh, Well " | Okay | Okay After Every Sentence | On a ______ Basis | On a Roll | On the Ground | On the Same Page | One Full Quart | One of the Only | Ongoing | Online | Open-Heart Surgery | Opt | Or Whatever | Orchestrate | Orientate | Orientating | Our Craft | Out-Placement | Out-Sourcing | Out There | Outstate Michigan | Overcrowded | Oversight | Overview | Paper or Plastic? | Paradigm | Parenting | Parenting Skills | Partial Release | Particulate | Partly Sunny | Party | Past History | Past Experience | The Patient Did Not Fulfill His Wellness Potential | Patriate | Patriation | Paying My Dues | Peacekeeping Force | Percent Pure | Ped-Xing | Peel-and-Eat Shrimp | Perfectly Candid | Perform Surgery | Perimeters/Parameters | Personal Shopper | Phone Tag | Pizza Pie | Pleaded Innocent | Podium | Political Reality | Political Science | Political Strongman | Politically Correct | Pond Site | Positive | Possible Choices | Post-Consumer Products | Post-Modern | Potential Hazard | Pre-Board | Precise | Pre-Plan | Pre-Planning | Prequel | Press | Pretty Bad | Preventative Maintenance | Preventatative Maintenance | Prioritize | Proactive | Process | Progressing Toward a Degree | Prostrate Gland | Pseudo Spanish | Pure Freshman | Pushing the Envelope | Quality | Quality Education | Quality of Life | Quality Time | Quarts Watches | Quite Simply | R | RBIs | The Race Card | Ramp Up | Reach Out | Read | Read My Lips | The Reading Aloud by TV Announcers of Printed Words Displayed on the Screen | Reaffirm | Reaganomics | Reality TV | Really | Realtime Downlink Video | The Reason is Because | Recently Decorated | Red-Shirt Freshman | Re-Engineering | Refusenik | Reinventing Governent | Relaty (for Reality) | Remediate | Rename It Something Else | Repository | Retarded | Revenue Enhancement | Reverse Discrimination | Revisit | Right | Road Car | Road Rage | Robust | Rocket Scientist | Run the Table | Rush Hour | Safe Haven | Safe Sex | Same Difference | Sanction | Scenario | Scenario | Scratch Biscuits | Sea Change | Secluded Privacy | Segue | Self Storage | Sem-Eye | Senseless | Senseless Murder | Sequestration | Serves No Useful Purpose | Shaken Up | Shallow Grave | Share | Sharing | Solutioning | Shoppe for Shop | Show Me the Money | Shower Activity | Shut Up | Signage | Signals | Significant Write Down | Simply Put | Simply Stated | Sit On It | Situation | Sketchy Details | Skull Flattening | Skyrocket | Slight Glitch | Snuck | So | So-Called Star Wars | Social Security | Soft | Soft Wheel Infrastructure System | Solidarity | Solutions | Somewhere Down the Road | Sound Bite | Spark up the Barbie | Speaks To | Spearhead | Special | Sports Jargon | Spousal Unit | Star Wars | State of the Art | Step-Saving Kitchen | Step Up/Step It Up | Stocking Stuffer | Stun | Stupid (Bad) Mistake | Sucks | Sudden Death | Supermarket-Fresh | Superstar | Surely if we can Send a Man to the Moon we can ____ | Surgical Strike | Surrounding Environs | Surviving | Swipe | Sworn Affidavit | Synergy | A Tad | Talk to the Hand | Take it to the Next Level | Target Audience | Task | Tasker | Team Chemistry | Terminal Illness | Thank you for taking my call | That for Who | That Said | That's Gay | "There for Me (for you, for us)" | There Is No Score | There You Go | These Ones | Thinking Outside the Box | This Program was Recorded Before a Live Audience | Threepeat | Thus | Time Frame | To Be Perfectly Honest With You | To Die For | To Grow Cut Flowers | To Liaison with | To Share | To Submit | To Task Out | Too Right | The Torso From the Neck Down | Total Capacity of this Room Limited to 100 Persons | Totally Unique | Touch Base | Tough Road to Hoe | Track Record | Trained Professional | Transitioning | Trickle-Down Effect | Tuna Fish | Turned Up Missing | Two Twins | Undisclosed, Secret Location | Unique | Unplugged | Unprecedented New | Unrequested Leave of Absence | Untimely Death | Up | Up Front | Up to Over Half Off | Up to Speed | Upscale | Use Only As Directed | User Friendly | Utilize | You Are Fat | You Stink | You're Ugly | Vannatized | Vast Majority | Venue | Vertical Access Device | Very Unique | Viable | Viable Alternative | Victimless Crime | Virtual Reality | Vis-a-Vis | Vison Statement | Visual View | Visually Eyeball the Runway | Void Where Prohibited | Wake Up Call | Wanted: Part-Time Person | Warm Fuzzy Feeling | Water Fire Extinguisher | We Can Send a Man to the Moon but we Can't | We Must Focus Our Attention | Weapons of Mass Destruction | Weather Reporters | Wellness | Went Ballistic | What I Hear You Saying Isn't | What Are You Into? | Whatever | Whatsup? | Where You Stand is Where You Sit | "Whoomp, There It Is! " | Win-Win | Window of Opportunity | Winningest | Wise Old Adage | Womanizer | Working Mother | World Class | Yadda Yadda Yadda | Yes | Yo | You Can't Take Nothing With You | "You Go, Girl " | You Got It | You the Man/You're the Man | You'd Better Believe | Your | Your for You're | Your Call is Very Important to Us | Youse or Youse | Yuh Know | Yuppie | Zero-Percent Increase | Zeroize
Lake Superior State University 2006 List of Banished Words
- SURREAL - One part opiate of the masses, 13 parts overuse. Oddly, news anchor and television small talk is becoming more surreal. "Dreams are surreal, not daily adjectives." - Tracy from Murray, Ky.
- HUNKER DOWN - To brace oneself, in anticipation of media onslaught. Trotted out in reports about everything from politics to hurricanes. "I have a hankering to ban all of this hunkering." - Kate Rabe Forgach, Fort Collins, Colo.
- PERSON OF INTEREST - Found within the context of legal commentary, but seldom encountered at cocktail parties. "People with guns want to talk with you." - Melissa Carroll from Greensboro, NC. "Does this mean the rest of us are too boring to deal with?" - Patricia Johnson from Mechanicsville, Va.
- COMMUNITY OF LEARNERS - A five-dollar phrase on a nickel-errand. Value-added into many higher education mission statements. "Not to be confused with 'school.'" - Jim Howard from Mishawa, Ind.
- UP OR DOWN VOTE - A casualty of today's partisanship. No discussion on this one; the committee just tossed a coin. "I see a bright future for ex-senators as elevator operators." - Allan Dregseth, Fargo, ND.
- BREAKING NEWS - Once it stopped presses. Now it's a lower-intestinal condition brought about by eating dinner during newscasts. "Now they have to interrupt my supper to tell me that Katie Holmes is pregnant." - Michael Raczko, Swanton, Ohio.
- DESIGNER BREED - Many nominators consider this a bastardization of dog breeding. It may be a good line to use on angry neighbors when an un-neutered dog escapes. "When you mate a miniature schnauzer to a toy poodle, it's not a 'Schnoodle,' it's a mongrel." - George Bullerjahn, Bowling Green, Ohio.
- FEMA - Dedicated to the memory of a great federal agency consigned to the ash heap of parody. "If they don't do anything, we don't need their acronym." - Josh Hamilton, Tucson, Ariz.
- FIRST-TIME CALLER - Preamble often heard on talk radio. "I am serious in asking: who in any universe gives a care?" - Miguel McCormick, Orlando, Fla.
- PASS THE SAVINGS ON TO YOU! - Marketing catch phrase that became a lost-leader long ago. "Read: Pass the markup along to you." - C. W. Estes, Roanoke, Tex.
- 97% FAT FREE - Adventures in delusion. "Still has 3% fat . . . accept it." - Andrew Clucas, Canberra, Australia.
- AN ACCIDENT THAT DIDN'T HAVE TO HAPPEN - Best-laid mayhem. "This means some accidents need to happen, for whatever reason, I can't figure." - Thomas Price, Orlando, Fla.
- JUNK SCIENCE - Banished from the Marketplace of Ideas. "It's not scientists who are using this phrase so much as the people who
- practice junk politics." - Ron LaLonde, Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada.
- GIT-ER-DONE - (Any of its variations) It's overdone. "There's no escaping it. It's everywhere, from TV to T-shirts," says Amanda Tikkanen of LaGrange, Ind. "Please tell me when we're done with this one."
- DAWG - No designer breed here. Someone should wash out this Spot. "Even parents are starting to use it!" - complains Mrs. Swartz's Fifth Grade Class in Church Road, Va. "This is species confusion." - Rob Bowers, Santa Clara, Calif. "Don't call me 'dawg'! I'm not your pet!" - Michael Swartz, Albuquerque, NM.
- TALKING POINTS - Cover your ears! "Topics which will please those you want to impress." - Michele Mooney, Van Nuys, Calif. Joe Wonsetler of Swanton, Ohio, believes the phrase was created after PR staffers stopped attending seminars on how to put a positive 'spin' on their press releases.
- HOLIDAY TREE - Many salvoes were fired during this past season's "war on Christmas." At the risk of jumping into the breach, the committee feels that "Holiday tree" is a silly name for what most folks hold as a Christmas tree, no matter your preference of religion. Thank goodness we all agree on the first day of winter.
Lake Superior State University 2007 List of Banished Words
- GITMO -- The US military's shorthand for a base in Cuba drives a wedge wider than a split infinitive.
- COMBINED CELEBRITY NAMES -- Celebrity duos of yore -- BogCall (Bogart and Bacall), Lardy (Laurel and Hardy), and CheeChong (Cheech and Chong) -- just got lucky.
- AWESOME -- Given a one-year moratorium in 1984, when the Unicorn Hunters banished it "during which it is to be rehabilitated until it means 'fear mingled with admiration or reverence; a feeling produced by something majestic." Many write to tell us there's no hope and it's time for "the full banishment."
- GONE/WENT MISSING -- "It makes 'missing' sound like a place you can visit, such as the Poconos. Is the person missing, or not? She went there but maybe she came back. 'Is
- missing' or 'was missing' would serve us better." -- Robin Dennis, Flower Mound, Texas.
- PWN or PWNED -- Thr styff of lemgendz: Gamer defeats gamer, types in "I pwn you" rather than I OWN you.
- NOW PLAYING IN THEATERS -- Heard in movie advertisements. Where can we see that, again?
- WE'RE PREGNANT -- Grounded for nine months.
- UNDOCUMENTED ALIEN -- "If they haven't followed the law to get here, they are by definition 'illegal.' It's like saying a drug dealer is an 'undocumented pharmacist.'" -- John Varga, Westfield, New Jersey.
- ARMED ROBBERY/DRUG DEAL GONE BAD -- From the news reports. What degree of "bad" don't we understand? Larry Lillehammer of Bonney Lake, Washington, asks, "After it stopped going well and good?"
- TRUTHINESS - "This word, popularized by The Colbert Report and exalted by the American Dialectic Society's Word of the Year in 2005 has been used up. What used to ring true is getting all the truth wrung out of it." -- Joe Grimm, Detroit, Michigan.
- ASK YOUR DOCTOR -- The chewable vitamin morphine of marketing.
- CHIPOTLE - Smoked dry over medium heat.
- i-ANYTHING -- 'e-Anything' made the list in 2000. Geoff Steinhart of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, says tech companies everywhere have picked this apple to the core. "Turn on…tune in…and drop out."
- SEARCH -- Quasi-anachronism. Placed on one-year moratorium.
- HEALTHY FOOD -- Point of view is everything.
- BOASTS -- See classified advertisements for houses, says Morris Conklin of Lisboa, Portugal, as in "master bedroom boasts his-and-her fireplaces -- never 'bathroom apologizes for cracked linoleum,' or 'kitchen laments pathetic placement of electrical outlets.'"
Blog - No. 1 word of the year 2004 - TOP 10 WORDS OF 2004
The top 10 words of the year based on searches of Merriam-Webster Web sites.
- 1. blog
- 2. incumbent
- 3. electoral
- 4. insurgent
- 5. hurricane
- 6. cicada
- 7. peloton
- 8. partisan
- 9. sovereignty
- 10. defenestration
Merriam-Webster’s Words of the Year 2008
The most looked-up words in the online Merriam-Webster dictionary in 2008 reflect the nation’s preoccupation with discussions surrounding the Presidential campaign.
Google - "Word of the Year"
google - Zeitgeist bei Google - Wörter des Jahres - Suchbegriffe des Jahres
mit den Top des Jahres 2003, 2002, 2001
Auch ein Archiv gibt es: Archived information
Was Google "Zeitgeist" nennt (auch in der US Version), verraet uns stets und immer aktuell etwas über die Befindlichkeit der westlichen Welt. Hier nämlich sind die wichtigsten Suchbegriffe aufgeführt.
Ausserdem kann man erfreut feststellen, das inzwischen 10% der Suchanfragen in deutscher Sprache gestellt werden. Alle anderen ausserhalb des Englischen müssen zurückstehen.
Interessant ist auch, dass Google zur Bezeichnung dieses Angebots den Germanismus "Zeitgeist" verwendet.
zeit·geist | Pronunciation: "tsIt-gIst", "zIt" | Function: noun | Etymology: German, from Zeit (time) + Geist (spirit) | Date: 1884 | Meaning: the general intellectual, moral, and cultural climate of an era
The Top Words of 2009
The Top Words of 2009
The Top Phrases of 2009
- 2. Obama - The word stem transforms into scores of new words like ObamaCare
- 3. H1N1 - The formal (and politically correct) name for Swine Flu
- 4. Stimulus - The $800 billion aid package meant to help mend the US economy
- 5. Vampire - Vampires are very much en vogue, now the symbol of unrequited love
- 6. 2.0 - The 2.0 suffix is attached to the next generation of everything
- 7. Deficit - Lessons from history are dire warnings here
- 8. Hadron - Ephemeral particles subject to collision in the Large Hadron Collider
- 9. Healthcare - The direction of which is the subject of intense debate in the US
- 10. Transparency - Elusive goal for which many 21st c. governments are striving
- 11. Outrage - In response to large bonuses handed out to ‘bailed-out’ companies
- 12. Bonus - The incentive pay packages that came to symbolize greed and excess
- 13. Unemployed - And underemployed amount to close to 20% of US workforce
- 14. Foreclosure - Forced eviction for not keeping up with the mortgage payments
- 15. Cartel - In Mexico, at the center of the battle over drug trafficking
The Top Names of 2009
- 1. King of Pop -Elvis was ‘The King;’ MJ had to settle for ‘King of Pop’
- 2. Obama-mania - One of the scores of words from the Obama-word stem
- 3. Climate Change - Considered politically neutral compared to global warming
- 4. Swine Flu - Popular name for the illness caused by the H1N1 virus
- 5. Too Large to Fail - Institutions that are deemed necessary for financial stability
- 7. Public Option - The ability to buy health insurance from a government entity
- 8. Jai Ho! - A Hindi shout of joy or accomplishment
- 9. Mayan Calendar - Consists of various ‘cycles,’ one of which ends on 12/21/2012
- 10. God Particle - The hadron, believed to hold the secrets of the Big Bang
- 1. Barack Obama - It was Obama’s year, though MJ nearly eclipsed in the end
- 2. Michael Jackson - Eclipses Obama on internet though lags in traditional media
- 3. Mobama - Mrs. Obama, sometimes as a fashion Icon
- 4. Large Hadron Collider - The Trillion dollar ‘aton smasher’ buried outside Geneva
- 5. Neda Agha Sultan - Iranian woman killed in the post-election demonstrations
- 6. Nancy Pelosi -The Democratic Speaker of the US House
- 7. M. Ahmadinejad - The president of Iran, once again
- 8. Hamid Karzai - The winner of Afghanistan’s disputed election
- 9. Rahm Emmanuel - Bringing ‘Chicago-style politics’ to the Administration
- 10. Sonia Sotomayor - The first Hispanic woman on the US Supreme Court
Banished Words 1976-2004
Word of the Year
I wrote an article about the WotY vote for "Slate". (Jesse Sheidlower)
Truthiness begins to be used for real
From the January 16 Chicago Tribune, an unsigned editorial. - Allan Metcalf
The truthiness hurts
January 16, 2006
The American Dialect Society has crowned "truthiness" its word of the year for 2005, an achievement that makes us think the word of the moment must be "serendipity."
"Truthiness" is the invention of Stephen Colbert, host of the nightly Colbert Report (that's Col-bear Re-pore, for the unrefined) on Comedy Central. The show is a dead-on parody of smug and self-absorbed cable news commentators whose opinions aren't always constrained by facts.
Colbert used the word "truthiness" to describe an impression of truth not necessarily constrained by those pesky little facts, which can just get in the way.
The more formal definition, provided by the American Dialect Society: "the quality of stating concepts one wishes or believes to be true, rather than the facts."
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Banished Word - Year
- <3 - 2009
- ______ In Color - 2003
- ______ On Steroids - 2014
- -Ageddon - 2014
- -Monkey - 2009
- -Nation - 2015
- -Pocalypse - 2014
- 24/7 - 2000
- 97% Fat Free - 2006
- Absolutely! - 1993
- Academically Fragile - 2001
- Academically Ineligible - 1993
- Accident - 1994
- Acrost (for Across) - 1988
- Actioning - 2000
- Active Possibility - 1977
- Activity CoRequisite Required - 1994
- Actual Facts - 1991
- Address - 1991
- Adult - 1981
- Adults Over 21 - 1988
- Adversity - 2014
- Afterfeel - 1987
- A-ha Moment - 2011
- Alcoholic - 1990
- Alcohol-Related Drunk Driving - 1989
- Alexander Haig - 1982
- All Except - 1990
- All New - 2005
- All Songs with Monetary References of Less than $5. - 1983
- All Time Record - 1982
- Almost Exactly - 1990
- Alternative Lifestyle - 1988
- Alternative Music - 1996
- Alternatives - 1982
- Always Consistent - 1994
- Amazing - 2012
- Ambience - 1979
- The American People - 2011
- An Accident That Didn't Have to Happen - 2006
- An Historic - 1994
- And How Are We Today? - 1983
- "... And I Approve This Message" - 2005
- And More! - 2005
- And That's What it's All About - 1982
- Angst - 1992
- i-Anything - 2007
- Apartments Now Renting - 1991
- Apostrophe - 1985
- App - 2010
- Appall - 1982
- Apparent - 1992
- Appreciate - 1984
- Arguably - 1987
- Armed and Dangerous - 1996
- Armed Gunman - 1993
- Armed Robbery/Drug Deal Gone Bad - 2007
- Aromatherapy - 1997
- Articulate - 1983
- As If - 1997
- Ask Your Doctor - 2007
- As Per - 2003
- As We Speak - 1993
- As Well - 1992
- Ask For it By Name - 1999, - 2000
- Associates - 1993
- At Risk - 2000
- At The End of The Day - 1999
- At This Point in Time - 1976
- Athcure - 1988
- The Athens of the - 1980
- Athleticism - 2002
- Attitude - 1997
- Audibleized - 1987
- Author/Authored - 2008
- Awesome - 1984 ,2007
- Awoken/Woken - 1993
- Axed (for Asked) - 1988
- Baby Bump - 2012
- Babyboomers - 1989
- Back in the Day - 2008
- Back Story - 2011
- "Baddaboom, Baddabing" - 1994
- BAE - 2015
- Bailout - 2009
- Ballpark Figure - 1980
- Bare Naked - 1985
- Basically - 1984, - 1986, - 1993
- Battleground State - 2005
- Beautiful - 1979
- "Been There, Done That " - 1996
- Begs the Question - 2001
- Behind Closed Doors - 1994
- Best Kept Secret - 1990
- BFF - 2011
- Bicentenary - 1988
- Big Time - 1992
- Bill Clinton & Monica Lewinsky - 1999
- Bi-Partisanship - 2002
- Black Friday - 2008
- Black Ice - 2003
- 'Blank' is the new 'Blank' or 'X' is the new 'Y' - 2008
- Bling or Bling-Bling - 2004
- Blog - 2005
- Blowback - 2012
- Blue State / Red States - 2005
- Boasts - 2007
- Body Wash - 2005
- Bonding - 1993
- Boneless Wings - 2013
- 'Bots - 2002
- The Bottom Line - 1979, - 1992
- Brainstorm/Brainstorming - 2002
- Branding - 2003
- Breaking News - 2006
- Bridge metaphors - 1996
- "Bring Them to Justice" or "Bring the Evil-Doers to Justice" - 2002
- Bromance - 2010
- Bucket List - 2013
- Budget/Deficit Reduction Plan - 1991
- Build-Down - 1984
- Build to a Crescendo - 1998
- The bullet went all the way through the body - 1983
- Bummage - 1983
- Bureaucrap (a category) - 1990, - 1991, - 1999
- But You Shouldn't Feel that Way! - 1983
- By and Large - 1987
- Caboose Words - 1983
- Came to Play - 2000
- Campaign Rhetoric - 1981
- Capture Alive - 2004
- Carbs - 2005
- Car-Jacking - 2002
- Carbon Footprint or Carbon Offsetting - 2009
- Cast in Hat - 1991
- Catastrophic Health Insurance - 1989
- Cautiously Optimistic - 1992
- Celebrate - 2001
- Celebration - 1984
- Center Median - 1991
- Ceremonialization - 1984
- Chad - 2001
- Challenge - 2003
- Challenged - 1995
- Chill Out - 1980
- Chillaxin' - 2010
- Chipotle - 2007
- Choreography - 1991
- Classic - 1982, - 1989
- Clean Fill Dirt - 1996
- Clean Your Room - 1980
- Clearly Ambiguous - 1994
- Clients - 1987
- Climb Down - 1990
- Close Proximity - 1990
- Close to Everything - 1991
- Closure - 1996
- Co-Conspirator - 1993
- Cold Glass of Beer - 1989
- Color Commentator - 1993
- Colorize - 1987
- Colorization - 1987
- Come Down On - 1980
- Combined Celebrity Names - 2007
- Comfortable - 1987
- Common Sense - 1996
- Communicastor - 1986
- Community - 1992
- Community of Learners - 2006
- Companion Animals - 2004
- Completely Empty - 1993
- Completely Surround - 1990
- Conceptualize - 1983
- Conceptualization - 1983
- Condition - 1992
- Conferenced - 1988
- Conferencing - 1999
- Connect or Hook Up - 1992
- Consumer Confidence - 1995
- Conventional Wisdom - 1993
- Courtesy Call - 1999
- Cra-Cra - 2015
- Creative Differences - 1991
- The Crib - 1983
- Crik - 1988
- Cul de Sac - 1989
- Cult Classic - 1989
- Curate / Curated - 2015
- Customer Capital Reduction Plan - 1992
- Cut a Deal - 1991
- Cutting Edge - 1988
- Cybrarian - 2000
- Cyber - 1996
- Czar - 2010
- Da Bomb - 1998
- Dawg - 2006
- Deaccessioning - 1992
- Dead Meat - 1991
- Dead Serious - 1994
- Decimate - 2008
- Defense - 1989
- Definite Possibilities - 1993
- De-Install - 1987
- Delay Due to an Earlier Accident - 2002
- De-Plane - 1981
- Deproliferation - 1992
- Designer - 1989
- Designer Breed - 2006
- Desperate Search - 2009
- Destinate - 1983
- Detente - 1976
- De-Water - 1996
- Dialogue - 1976
- Dialoguing - 1999
- Disenfranchise - 2002
- Disincentives - 1983
- Diva - 2001
- Do-able - 1980
- Docudrama - 1989
- Doing the _____ thing - 1997
- Don't (even) Go There - 1997
- Done Deal - 1996
- Done in Good Taste - 1986
- "Doppler" as a modifier - 2002
- Dot.com - 2001
- Double Down - 2013
- Downsizing - 1993
- Down Time - 1997
- Dramedy - 1989
- Drug Czar - 1990
- Dude - 2001
- Dysfunctional - 1994
- 'E'-anything - 2000
- Each and Every One of You - 1996
- Ect. (for Etc.) - 1988
- Edgy - 2002
- Eh - 1979
- Ekspecially - 1988
- Embedded Journalist - 2004
- Embrace - 1995
- Emotional - 2008
- Empower - 1993
- Enclosed Please Find - 1985, - 1989
- End Result - 1991
- Enemy Combatant - 2005
- Energy Crisis - 1979
- Enhanced Interrogation - 2015
- Epic - 2011
- Erectile Dysfunction - 2005
- "'Estates' in the Names for Mobile Home Parks" - 1990
- Ethnic Cleansing - 1996
- Ethics Bill - 1990
- Ever - 1998
- Exact Same - 1981, - 1990
- Experience - 1983
- Explicit - 1986
- Extreme - 2003
- Facebook / Google as Verbs - 2011
- Factoid - 2001
- Fail - 2011
- Faith-Based - 2002
- False Pretenses - 1991
- False Start Prior to the Snap - 2001
- Family Values - 1995
- Fan Base - 2014
- Farm-Fresh - 1989
- Fashion Therapist - 1986
- Faux Pearls or Diamonds - 1991
- Fax - 1990
- Febuary - 1988
- Feisty - 1984
- FEMA - 2006
- Female - 1984
- Female Brethren - 1992
- Fifth-Year Senior - 1993
- Filmed Before a Live Studio Audience - 1983, - 1987, - 1990
- Final Destination - 2001
- First Annual - 2000
- First Dude - 2009
- First-Time Caller - 2006
- First Time Ever - 1982, - 1983
- Fiscal Cliff - 2013
- Fisherperson - 1992
- Flat-Out - 2000
- Flip Flop / Flip Flopper / Flip Flopping - 2005
- Foodie - 2015
- Foot Pedal - 1990
- Foot Speed - 2001
- For All Your Needs - 1988
- For Sure - 1981
- For the Children - 2000
- Forced Relaxation - 1989
- Foreign Imports - 1987
- Foreseeable Future - 2002
- Forewarn - 2002
- Former First-Round Draft Choice - 1991
- Frankly - 1996
- Free Gift - 1988
- Fresh Baked - 1989
- Fresh Donuts - 1989
- Fresh Frozen - 1989
- Friend as a verb - 2010
- Friend-Raising - 2015
- Friendly Fire - 2002
- "Frig" and "Frigging" - 2002
- From the Desk of - 1990
- Frontal Nudity - 1984
- Fruitworthy - 1981
- Fun - 1986
- Functionality - 2002
- Funeralized - 1981
- Fuzzy Math - 2001
- Game Changer - 2009
- Gaming - 1998
- Garageable - 1988
- Gary Hart - 1988
- False Pretenses - 1999
- Gathered Together - 1994
- Generation X - 1998
- Gentlemen - 1988
- Get a Life - 1997
- Get in Touch With Your Feelings - 1984
- Get it Right the First Time - 1998
- Get With the Program - 1992
- Giant Sucking Sound - 1994
- Gifting (or gift as a verb) - 1994
- Ginormous - 2012
- Git-Er-Done - 2006
- Gitmo - 2007
- Give Back - 2008
- Given - 1995
- Giving 110 Percent - 1998
- Glove Compartment - 1989
- Gone/Went Missing - 2007
- Go to Bed - 1980
- Going Forward - 2001
- Good Hands - 1989
- Got - 1993
- Got Game - 2003
- Gourmet - 1989
- Grandfather - 1990
- Grass Roots - 1993
- Green - 2009
- Gridlock - 1993
- Grow - 1996
- Gun Control - 1994
- Guru - 2013
- Gut Feeling - 1983
- Hack - 2015
- Half Dead - 1987
- Hand-Blown Glass - 1989
- Hand-Crafted Latte - 2004
- Handicap Parking - 1989
- Hands On Participatory Experience - 1987
- Handy-Man Special - 1991
- Hang Up Your Clothes - 1980
- Happy Camper - 1993
- Harvesting - 1988
- Harya Doone? - 1982
- Hashtag - 2014
- Have a good one! - 2001
- Having Said That - 2003
- He (She) Just Doesn't Get It - 1994
- He Goes/She Goes - 1988
- He Might of Gotten Pushed into Me - 1979
- He/She - 1994
- The Health Care Delivery System/Industry - 1987
- Heads-Up - 2001
- Healthy Food - 2007
- Heart - 1984
- Heighth (for Height) - 1988
- Helicopters Overhead - 1994
- Hello!? - 1999
- Hero - 2001
- He's Some Kind of a (Quarterback) - 1983
- High-Powered Rifle - 1993
- High Tech - 1984
- Highway User Fee - 1983
- Holiday Nog - 1985
- Holiday Tree - 2006
- Home - 1992
- Homeland Security - 2003
- Home For Sale - 1988
- The Honest Truth - 1991
- Hopefully - 1978
- Hot Water Heater - 1982
- "Howard Cossell, En Masse " - 1980
- Humanitarian - 1995
- Hunker Down - 2006
- I. R. A. Account - 1987
- I Feel - 1979
- I Feel Your Pain - 1995
- I Know Where I'm Coming From - 1978
- But I Don't Know Where You're Coming From - 1978
- I See What You Are Saying - 1992
- Icon or Iconic - 2009
- If ____ Then the Terrorists Win - 2002
- If You Will - 1984, - 1991
- I'm 150 Percent Behind You - 1995
- I'm Just Sayin' - 2011
- I'm Like - 1997
- I'm Talkin ____ Here - 1987
- Impact - 1990
- Implement - 1976
- Improvised Explosive Device - 2005
- In Der Tat - 1985
- In Diesem Unseren Lande - 1985
- In Harm's Way - 2004
- In His Words - 1987
- In My Humble Opinion - 1992
- In Other Words - 1984
- In Terms of - 1982
- In the Public Interest - 1980
- In the Wake of... - 2002
- In These Economic Times ... - 2010
- In Your Face - 1993
- "Incentive-ise, -vising, -vised " - 1983
- Incidences - 1988, - 1993
- Infommercial - 2002
- Information Superhighway - 1995
- Infotainment - 1986, - 1989
- Ink Pen - 1989
- Input - 1976
- Intellectually/Morally Bankrupt - 2014
- Interface - 1980
- Irregardless - 1979, - 1988
- Irrespective - 1979
- Is Dead Tonight - 1998
- Issues - 2000
- It is what it is - 2008
- It's A Good Thing - 2003
- It's All Good - 2000
- It's That Time of Year Again - 2009
- It's the Pits - 1980
- 'Izzle' - Speak - 2005
- Job Creators / Creation - 2013
- Joe Sixpack - 1997
- Journey - 2005
- Jumbo Shrimp - 1995
- Junk Science - 2006
- Just Play One Game at a Time - 1997
- Kick the Can Down the Road - 2013
- Killer App - 2002
- Know What I'm Sayin'? - 2000
- La Macarena - 1997
- Lake Effect - 1987
- Language - 1983
- Large Size Petites - 1990
- Learning Resources Center - 1979
- Let's Do Lunch - 1986
- Level Playing Field - 1992
- Leverage - 2001
- Liberal - 1995
- Lightning Blitz - 1984
- Lightweighting - 1996
- Like (see also "I'm like a") - 1997
- Like I Said - 1986
- Like To - 1993
- Liposuction - 1990
- Listen Up - 1983
- Live Audience - 1983, - 1987, - 1990
- Live Life to the Fullest - 2011
- Living in Poverty - 1988
- Loan/Lend - 1984
- LOL - 2004
- Lone Gunman - 1988
- Longer Hours - 1991
- Lower Level - 1991
- Macho - 1976
- Make Babies - 1984
- Make No Mistake About It - 2003
- Making Money - 2002
- Male - 1984
- Mama Grizzlies - 2011
- Managing Terrorism - 1989
- Man Cave - 2012
- Man Up - 2011
- Mandate - 1985
- Mandatory Options - 1986
- Manual Recount by Hand - 2001
- Mate - 1989
- Material Breach - 2003
- Maverick - 2009
- Maximum Leader - 1990
- Mc (anything) - 1986
- Mean-Spirited - 1995
- Meaningful - 1976
- Meaningful Dialogue - 1976
- Medaled - 1995
- Medical Speak - 1987
- Medication - 1978
- Memo - 1978
- Mental Mistake - 2003
- Mentoring - 1999
- Messenger - 1990
- Metrosexual - 2004
- Micro-Waveable - 1988
- Millennium - 2000
- A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste - 1990
- Mini Series - 1989
- Ministry - 1992
- Minor Emergency Clinic - 1990
- Mission Statement - 1996
- Mister Mom - 2014
- Momento - 1992
- Mopping-Up Operation - 1991
- Moral Majority - 1981
- More Bang for the Buck - 1996
- More Importantly - 1992
- More Than Happy - 1994
- The More You Buy, The More You Save - 1990
- Most Complete - 1993
- Mother of all ____ - 1994
- Mouth-Watering Prices - 1991
- Multidisciplinary Current Awareness Product - 1991
- Multi-tasking - 1997
- Must-See TV - 2003
- Mute Point - 1990
- My Bad - 1998
- My Work in the Structure of Baseball - 1987
- My Plate is Full - 1995
- Myself - 1990, - 1991
- "Mystery Word (sounds familiar, but generally vague) " - 1983
- Near Miss - 1985
- Negative - 1992
- Negative Growth - 2001
- Negative Supplement - 1991
- Neonatal Unit - 1987
- Networking - 1988
- New Dimension - 1977
- New Innovation - 1990
- New Kid on the Street (Block) - 1984
- The New Normal - 2012
- New Recruit - 1994
- Nine-Eleven (9-11) - 2002
- No - 1985
- No-Brainer - 2002
- No Parking at Any Time - 1995
- No Problem - 1980
- Non-Essential Government Workers - 1991
- Norming - 1998
- Not - 1993
- Not So Much - 2009
- Nothing Quite Compares Like a Massage! - 1985
- Now, More Than Ever - 2003
- Now Playing in Theaters - 2007
- Nu-cu-lar - 1988
- Nuk-u-lar - 1978
- Nullities and Voidities - 1986
- Number and Gender of the Owners in the Name - 1990
- Obama-prefix or roots? - 2010
- Obamacare - 2014
- O. D.-ing on O.J. - 1996
- Obviously - 1982
- Occupy - 2012
- Office Effectivity - 1983
- Offload - 1994
- Off-Sourcing - 1982
- "Oh, Well " - 1984
- Okay - 1979
- Okay After Every Sentence - 1988
- On a ______ Basis - 1991
- On a Roll - 1984, - 1988
- On the Ground - 2003
- On the Same Page - 1996
- One Full Quart - 1988
- One of the Only - 2001
- Ongoing - 1984, - 1986, - 1993
- Online - 1996
- Open-Heart Surgery - 1993
- Opt - 1979
- Or Whatever - 1989
- Orchestrate - 1984
- Organic - 2008
- Orientate - 1988
- Orientating - 1978
- Our Craft - 1981
- Out-Placement - 1992
- Out-Sourcing - 1997
- Out There - 1983
- Outstate Michigan - 1990
- Overcrowded - 1985
- Oversight - 1992
- Overview - 1992
- Paper or Plastic? - 1997
- Paradigm - 1994
- Parenting - 1978, - 1991
- Parenting Skills - 1991
- Partial Release - 1991
- Particulate - 1984
- Partly Sunny - 1987
- Party - 1994
- Pass The Savings on to You! - 2006
- Passion / Passionate - 2013
- Past History - 1981
- Past Experience - 1994
- The Patient Did Not Fulfill His Wellness Potential - 1987
- Patriate - 1982
- Patriation - 1982
- Paying My Dues - 1981
- Peacekeeping Force - 1996
- Percent Pure - 1995
- Ped-Xing - 1989
- Peel-and-Eat Shrimp - 2003
- Perfect Storm - 2008
- Perfectly Candid - 1977
- Perform Surgery - 1978
- Perimeters/Parameters - 1979
- Person of Interest - 2006
- Personal Shopper - 1988
- Pet Parent - 2012
- Phone Tag - 1997
- Pizza Pie - 1989
- Place Stamp Here - 2004
- Pleaded Innocent - 1987
- Pockets of Resistance - 2005
- Podium - 1980
- Polar Vortex - 2015
- Political Reality - 1983
- Political Science - 1988
- Political Strongman - 1990
- Politically Correct - 1994
- Pond Site - 1991
- Pop - 2008
- Positive - 1992
- Possible Choices - 2002
- Post 9/11 - 2008
- Post-Consumer Products - 1995
- Post-Modern - 1984
- Potential Hazard - 1987
- Pre-Board - 1980
- Precise - 1983
- Pre-Plan - 1983
- Pre-Planning - 1989
- Prequel - 1985
- Press - 1984
- Pretty Bad - 1995
- Preventative Maintenance - 1987
- Preventatative Maintenance - 1987
- Prioritize - 1978
- Proactive - 1991, - 1993
- Process - 1978
- Progressing Toward a Degree - 1993
- Prostrate Gland - 1989
- Pseudo Spanish - 1989
- Punked - 2004
- Pure Freshman - 1993
- Pushing the Envelope - 1995
- PWNorPWNED - 2007
- Quality - 1992
- Quality Education - 1992
- Quality of Life - 2000
- Quality Time - 1985
- Quarts Watches - 1989
- Quite Simply - 1993
- R - 1986
- RBIs - 1992
- The Race Card - 1996
- Ramp Up - 2002
- Random - 2008
- Reach Out - 1994
- Read - 1985
- Read My Lips - 1989
- The Reading Aloud by TV Announcers of Printed Words Displayed on the Screen - 1980
- Reaffirm - 1988
- Reaganomics - 1983
- Reality TV - 2002
- Really - 1979
- Realtime Downlink Video - 1984
- The Reason is Because - 1985
- Recently Decorated - 1991
- Red-Shirt Freshman - 1993
- Re-Engineering - 1994
- Refudiate - 2011
- Refusenik - 1988
- Reinventing Government - 1994
- Relaty (for Reality) - 1988
- Remediate - 1989
- Rename It Something Else - 2002
- Repository - 1982
- Retarded - 1982
- Revenue Enhancement - 1982
- Reverse Discrimination - 2003
- Revisit - 1996
- Right - 1979
- Ripped From the Headlines - 2004
- Road Car - 1988
- Road Rage - 2000
- Robust - 1996
- Rocket Scientist - 1991
- Run the Table - 2002
- Rush Hour - 1990
- Safe and Effective - 2005
- Safe Haven - 1993
- Safe Sex - 1988
- Sales Event - 2005
- Same Difference - 1987
- Sanction - 1992
- Sanitary Landfill - 2004
- Scenario - 1976
- Scenario - 1991
- Scratch Biscuits - 1989
- Sea Change - 2000
- Search - 2007
- Secluded Privacy - 1988
- Segue - 2000
- Selfie - 2014
- Self Storage - 1991
- Sem-Eye - 1988
- Senseless - 1991
- Senseless Murder - 1984
- Sequestration - 1987
- Serves No Useful Purpose - 1981
- Sexting - 2010
- Shaken Up - 2001
- Shallow Grave - 1992
- Share - 1981
- Shared Sacrafice - 2012
- Sharing - 1990
- Shots Rang Out - 2004
- Solutioning - 2000
- Shock and Awe - 2004
- Shoppe for Shop - 1990
- Shovel-Ready - 2010
- Show Me the Money - 1998
- Shower Activity - 1987
- Shut Up - 1980
- Signage - 1987
- Signals - 1983
- Significant Write Down - 1985
- Simply Put - 1993
- Simply Stated - 1993
- Sit On It - 1982
- Situation - 1978
- Sketchy Details - 1994
- Skill Set - 2015
- Skull Flattening - 1994
- Skyrocket - 1994
- Slight Glitch - 1995
- Smoking Gun - 2004
- Snuck - 1986
- So - 1999
- So-Called Star Wars - 1988
- Social Security - 1979
- Soft - 1995
- Soft Wheel Infrastructure System - 1989
- Solidarity - 1983
- Solutions - 2002
- Somewhere Down the Road - 1979
- Sound Bite - 1989
- Spark up the Barbie - 1989
- Speaks To - 2001
- Spearhead - 1994
- Special - 1990
- Spin Doctor - 1989
- Spoiler Alert - 2013
- Sports Jargon - 1983
- Sports Stuff - 1999
- Spousal Unit - 1992
- Star Wars - 1985
- State of the Art - 1983
- Staycation - 2009
- Step-Saving Kitchen - 1991
- Step Up/Step It Up - 1999
- Stimulus - 2010
- Stocking Stuffer - 1994
- Stun - 1999
- Stupid (Bad) Mistake - 1994
- Sucks - 1995
- Sudden Death - 1995
- Superfood - 2013
- Supermarket-Fresh - 1989
- Superstar - 1984
- Surely if we can Send a Man to the Moon we can ____ - 1980
- Surge - 2008
- Surgical Strike - 2002
- Surreal - 2006
- Surrounding Environs - 1992
- Surviving - 1981
- Swag - 2015
- Sweat Like a Pig - 2004
- Sweet - 2008
- Swipe - 2001
- Sworn Affidavit - 2002
- Synergy - 2002
- A Tad - 1987
- T-Bone - 2014
- Takeaway - 2015
- Talk to the Hand - 1998
- Talking Points - 2006
- Take it to the Next Level - 1998
- Target Audience - 1995
- Task - 1988
- Tasker - 1980
- Teachable Moment - 2010
- Team Chemistry - 1993
- Terminal Illness - 1982
- Thank you for taking my call - 1997
- Thank You in Advance - 2012
- That for Who - 1993
- That Said - 2003
- That's Gay - 1999
- The -GATE construction' - 1999
- "There for Me (for you, for us)" - 1994
- There Is No Score - 2003
- There You Go - 1987
- These Ones - 1990
- Thinking Outside the Box - 2000
- This Program was Recorded Before a Live Audience - 1983
- Threepeat - 1994
- Thus - 1990
- Time Frame - 1980
- To Be Perfectly Honest With You - 1992
- To Die For - 1995
- To Grow Cut Flowers - 1988
- To Liaison with - 1982
- To Share - 1977
- To Submit - 2000
- To Task Out - 1982
- Too Big To Fail - 2010
- Too Right - 1989
- The Torso From the Neck Down - 1983
- Total Capacity of this Room Limited to 100 Persons - 1989
- Totally Unique - 2002
- Touch Base - 1996
- Tough Road to Hoe - 1989
- Toxic Assets - 2010
- Track Record - 1991
- Trained Professional - 1993
- Transitioning - 2000
- Transparent/Transparency - 2010
- Trending - 2013
- Trickeration - 2012
- Trickle-Down Effect - 1988
- Truthiness - 2007
- Tuna Fish - 1987
- Turned Up Missing - 1987
- Tweet - 2010
- Twerk/Twerking - 2014
- Twittersphere - 2014
- Two Twins - 1991
- Über - 2005
- Under the Bus - 2008
- Undisclosed, Secret Location - 2003
- Undocumented Alien - 2007
- Unique - 1978
- Unplugged - 1996
- Unprecedented New - 2002
- Unrequested Leave of Absence - 1991
- Untimely Death - 2003
- Up - 1984
- Up Front - 1992
- Up or Down Vote - 2006
- Up to Over Half Off - 1991
- Up to Speed - 1985
- Upscale - 1996
- Use Only As Directed - 1988
- User Friendly - 1984
- Utilize - 1987
- You Are Fat - 1980
- You Stink - 1980
- You're Fired! - 2005
- You're Ugly - 1980
- Vannatized - 1988
- Vast Majority - 1995
- Venue - 1991
- Verbing Of Innocent Nouns - 1999
- Vertical Access Device - 1985
- Very Unique - 1983, - 2002
- Viable - 1976
- Viable Alternative - 1979, - 1992
- Victimless Crime - 1993
- Viral - 2011
- Virtual Reality - 1996
- Vis-a-Vis - 1990
- Vison Statement - 1996
- Visual View - 1986
- Visually Eyeball the Runway - 1985
- Void Where Prohibited - 1988
- Wake Up Call - 2000
- Wall Street/Main Street - 2009
- Wanted: Part-Time Person - 1990
- Wardrobe Malfunction - 2005
- Warm Fuzzy Feeling - 1995
- Waterboarding - 2008
- Water Fire Extinguisher - 1986
- We Can Send a Man to the Moon but we Can't - 1991
- We Must Focus Our Attention - 1983
- Weapons of Mass Destruction - 2003
- Weather Reporters - 1985
- Webinar - 2005, - 2008
- Wellness - 1987
- Went Ballistic - 1993
- We're Pregnant - 2007
- What I Hear You Saying Isn't - 1986
- What Are You Into? - 1979
- Whatever - 1997
- Whatsup? - 1998
- Where You Stand is Where You Sit - 1979
- "Whoomp, There It Is! " - 1994
- Win-Win - 1993
- Win the Future - 2012
- Window of Opportunity - 1991
- Winner of Five Nominations - 2009
- Winningest - 1997
- Wise Old Adage - 1989
- Womanizer - 1988
- Wordsmith/Wordsmithing - 2008
- Working Mother - 1983
- World Class - 1982, - 1993
- Wow Factor - 2011
- X - 2004
- Y2K - 1999
- Yadda Yadda Yadda - 1998
- Yes - 1985
- Yo - 1990
- YOLO - 2013
- You Can't Take Nothing With You - 1987
- "You Go, Girl " - 1997
- You Got It - 1985
- You the Man/You're the Man - 1999
- You'd Better Believe - 1978
- You're Fired! - 2005
- Your - 1988
- Your for You're - 1988
- Your Call is Very Important to Us - 1996
- Youse or Youse - 1994
- Yuh Know - 1978, - 1979
- Yuppie - 1986
- Zero Percent APR Financing - 2005
- Zero-Percent Increase - 1991
- Zeroize - 1989
It's time to ban the banned words list
Jan 1, 2007 7:30 pm|1834 views
The annual list of banned words was published on New Year’s Eve by Lake Superior State University. This year’s no-no’s range from the generic superlative epithet awesome to the latest high-tech prefix, any "gadget" beginning with i-. The list would put an end to truthiness, a word that so many people find apt that it was honored with word-of-the-year awards two years running. To be banished too are such marketing clichés as ask your doctor (if the latest pill from Merck will cure you) and now playing in theaters (as opposed to “now on iPods everywhere”?). Combined celebrity names like TomKat and Brangelina will henceforth be divorced. Gitmo, the nickname of the American military stockade at Guantanemo Bay, will be summarily executed. And all references to undocumented aliens are to be deported.
Lake Superior U. boasts programs in the management of business, wildlife, and fisheries, but its Public Relations Office began a list of words it considers overused, misused, and generally useless - words like boast itself - back in 1975, and it’s fair to say that the school is better known for its efforts to manage English than for its fully-accredited programs in fire science, exercise science, or office administration, names that a skeptical reader might argue were perhaps a tad on the euphemistic side.
What happened in my Birthyear
Word of the Year
Word of the Year considerations for 2002:
At their annual meeting each January, the members of the American Dialect Society select words and phrases that came to prominence in the previous twelve months. Though those proposing and voting on terms include many academic linguists and dictionary makers, this is definitely lexicography with its hair down.
These are the final results in various categories, as voted on Friday 3 January 2003 in Atlanta, Georgia:
- Most likely to succeed: Blog.
- Most useful: Google.
- Most creative: Dialarhoea.
- Most unnecessary: Wombanisation (feminization).
- Most outrageous: Neuticles
- Most euphemistic: Regime change.
- Phrase of the Year: Weapons of mass destruction.
Bücher zur Kategorie:
Etymologie, Etimología, Étymologie, Etimologia, Etymology, (griech.) etymología, (lat.) etymologia, (esper.) etimologio
US Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika, Estados Unidos de América, États-Unis d'Amérique, Stati Uniti d'America, United States of America, (esper.) Unuigintaj Statoj de Ameriko
Wörter des Jahres, Des Mots de l'Année, Words of the Year, (esper.) vortoj la jaro (?)
Barnhart, David K.
Metcalf, Allan A.
America in So Many Words
Words That Have Shaped America
Taschenbuch - 320 Seiten - Houghton Mifflin Company
Erscheinungsdatum: 1. September 1999
Did you know that the word "juke" (as in "jukebox") comes from the West African language Wolof and means "to make mischief"? Or that the slang expression "bogus" reaches as far back as 1797, when it signified a counterfeit coin? Like the country from which it emerged, American English is a vital multicultural stew of sources and influences. Word by word and year by year, America in So Many Words traces the origins and historical context of America's distinctive additions to the English language, from "canoe" (1555) all the way to "Ebonics" (1997). "O.K.", for instance, appeared in 1838 as part of a Boston fad for abbreviations--in this case, the humorously misspelled "all correct." "Rock and roll," America's equally famous contribution to the world lexicon, was first popularized in 1951 by disc jockey Alan Freed--his way to sidestep a prohibition against playing African American music for white audiences. A fascinating reference you'll read from cover to cover, America in So Many Words beautifully illustrates the ways in which history and vocabulary converge.
From Library Journal
From "skunk" and "canoe" in the 16th century to "virtual reality" and "soccer mom" in the late 20th century, this year-by-year review highlights words that have had an indelible American origin or meaning. Barnhart and Metcalf, two longtime lexicographers, have selected one particularly significant word for each year and, through anecdotes and historical details, discuss its roots, development, and importance. In 1864, for example, a "deadline" was an actual line drawn in the dirt to restrict Civil War prisoners ("If you cross this line, you're dead"). The 1891 term "country club" is juxtaposed with "sweatshop" in 1892 and connected by the apt little poem: "The golf links lie so near the mill/ That almost every day/ The laboring children can look out/ And see the men at play." "Teenager" appeared in 1938, followed by "DJs", "rock'n'roll", and "fast food" in the 1950s. This entertaining cultural history is recommended for general collections.
This book presents a unique historical view of American English. It chronicles year by year the contributions Americans have made to the vocabulary of English and the words Americans have embraced through the evolution of the nation. For important years from the settlement of Jamestown until 1750, and for every year from 1750 through 1998, a prominent word is analyzed and discussed in its historical context. The result is a fascinating survey of American linguistic culture through past centuries. The authors - both lifelong students of American English - bring great depth of understanding to these key words that have made America, and American English, what they are today.
Sample Entry: 1888 credit card