2011 Words of the Year
Looking to expand your palaver? Is that word-of-the-day calendar about as blasé as last night's meatloaf?
Well, we've got just the thing to pump up those vernacular vitals. That's right, the 2011 words of the year are in (cue the vocab fetishists). Yes, you too can do that thing where you slip an irregular word into casual conversation over PBRs to make your friends leery of your intellect.
"How can you guys like the new Radiohead album? I found it sooooooooooooooooo meretricious!"
First up, we've got Oxford Dictionaries with their official selection:
squeezed middle - a term introduced by British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, describing the financial pinch felt by the middle class.
And before you get your undergarments in a whirling dervish of ire, Oxford is well aware that their selection is actually two words. They'd like to remind the public that a two-word expression is called a 'compound' and is treated as one word [a 'headword'] in the dictionary. This is not the first time that a two-word expression has been selected as our WOTY. In 2010, the UK Word of the Year was 'big society.'
Other notables include:
Bunga bunga (noun): used in reference to parties hosted by the former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, at which various illicit sexual activities were alleged to have taken place.
Clicktivism (noun): the use of social media and other online methods to promote a cause. [Blend of 'click' and 'activism']
The 99 percent: the bottom 99% of income earners, regarded collectively.
Dictionary.com went in a more traditional direction, choosing a word instead of a term, and boy, does it sound dirty.
tergiversate (verb): to change repeatedly one's attitude or opinions with respect to a cause, subject, etc.; equivocate.
Sounds like the perfect word to describe Kutcher's Twitter feed.
So what do we think, LitReactors? Happy with the results? And while we're on the subject, what are your favorite obscure words?
www.bungabunga.com is still available if anyone wants to buy the domain. Just sayin'.
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