Words of 2012 round-up
By Alice Northover
While most people are getting excited for the start of awards season on Sunday with the Golden Globes, the season has just ended for word nerds. From November through January, the Word(s) of the Year announcements are made. I’ll let you decide who is the Golden Globes, BAFTAs, SAGs, National Film Critics Circle, etc. of the lexicography community. Just remember YOLO — because it appeared on every list.
Marc Weisblott appears to be the only person who put forth suggestions for Canada’s Word of the Year. (13/11)
Dictionary.com chose bluster for the combination of its political and meteorological uses. (19/11)
Merriam-Webster chose two Words of the Year: socialism and capitalism. (05/12)
Huffington Post selected sideboob given its prevalence in their coverage this year. (06/12)
Zoë Triska of Huffington Post hates YOLO. I’m getting the impression everyone does. (10/12)
Nancy Friedman (aka Fritinancy) had a list of 14 WOTY words and is I believe the only person to include Ermahgerd. (12/12)
Australian National Dictionary Centre’s Word of the Year 2012 was green-on-blue: (used in a military context) an attack made on one’s own side by a force regarded as neutral. (13/12)
Khaya Dlanga made some suggestions for South Africa’s Word of the Year. (13/12)
Rettungsroutine (routine rescue) is the Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache (German Language Society) Word of the Year. (14/12)
Ben Zimmer’s Boston Globe column included many WOTY candidates. (16/12)
Cambridge Dictionaries looked at its top words for each month of 2012. (18/12)
Jen Doll at the Atlantic Wire presented “An A-to-Z Guide to 2012′s Worst Words”. (18/12)
LGBT activist Stampp Corbin suggested demographics is WOTY 2012. (19/12)
Collins Dictionary selected 12 words of the year (one for each month) including Gangnam Style, 47 percent, and Romneyshambles. (20/12)
Linguist Geoff Nunberg’s Word of the Year is Big Data. (20/12)
Vlae Kershner and the readers of SFGate selected fiscal cliff. (20/12)
Lake Superior State University released their annual list of words that should be banished in 2013. (31/12)
Professor Holly R. Cashman proposed LGBTQ WOTYs. (02/01)
The American Name Society chose Sandy as their name of the year. (04/01)
The Macquarie Dictionary Word of the Year (Australia) has yet to be announced, but I can contain WOTY no longer.
Please let me know if I missed any other WOTYs in the comments below, and your suggestions for which dictionary or person is which film awards ceremony and why.
Alice Northover joined Oxford University Press as Social Media Manager in January 2012. She is editor of the OUPblog, constant tweeter @OUPAcademic, daily Facebooker at Oxford Academic, and Google Plus updater of Oxford Academic, amongst other things. You can learn more about her bizarre habits on the blog.