On NPR’s Morning Edition this morning, Linquist Ben Zimmer talked with Renee Montagne about the American Dialect Society “Word of the Year” competition. Last year the society choose “app” as its word, the year before that it was “tweet” and in 2008 it was “bailout.”
The front runner for this year is “occupy.”
If you think another word from popular American culture is worthy of consideration this year, you can send in your own nomination.
“Nominations can be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, tweeted to the Twitter user name @americandialect or using the hashtag #woty11, or they can be posted on our Facebook page.”
My nominee is “unfriend.”