Friday, December 14, 2007

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Word of the Year: 2007

1: Merriam-Webster's #1 Word of the Year for 2007

w00t (interjection)
~ expressing joy (it could be after a triumph, or for no reason at all)
~ similar in use to the word "yay"
~ w00t! I won the contest!

This year's winning word first became popular in competitive online gaming forums as part of what is known as l33t ("leet," or "elite") speak—an esoteric computer hacker language in which numbers and symbols are put together to look like letters. Although the double "o" in the word is usually represented by double zeroes, the exclamation is also known to be an acronym for "we owned the other team"—again stemming from the gaming community. (Based on votes from visitors to M-W's website)

The rest of M-W’s Top 10 @

Oxford University Press Word Of The Year: locavore

The past year saw the popularization of a trend in using locally grown ingredients, taking advantage of seasonally available foodstuffs that can be bought and prepared without the need for extra preservatives.

Other regional movements have emerged since then, though some groups refer to themselves as “localvores” rather than “locavores.” However it’s spelled, it’s a word to watch.

OUP’s Runners-up for the 2007 Word of the Year @

American Dialect Society is accepting nominations for 2007

“Plutoed” Voted 2006 Word of the Year, Jan 5, 2007

In its 17th annual words of the year vote, the American Dialect Society voted “plutoed” as the word of the year, in a run-off against climate canary. To pluto is to demote or devalue someone or something, as happened to the former planet Pluto when the General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union decided Pluto no longer met its definition of a planet.

And last but not least . . .

Lake Superior State University is accepting nominations for their
“ 2008 Banished Word List. " LSSU’s Top 3 for 2007: entire list @
~ Gitmo
~ Combined Celebrity Names
~ Awesome

Check Out a Book
@ Burbank Public Library

Tingo: The meaning of tingo and other extraordinary words from around the world
~ Adam Jacot de Boinod – 402 JACOT
~ Penguin, 2006
It all started when Adam Jacot de Boinod picked up a weighty Albanian dictionary and discovered no fewer than twenty-seven words for types of eyebrow and exactly the same number for varieties of mustache. His curiosity grew into a passion.

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