Mighty Red Pen

December 30, 2011

Words, words, words

Filed under: Wordsworthy — mighty red pen @ 7:20 pm
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One thing that was great about the word occupy was that it made both the word of the year lists and the LSSU List of Banished Words.

The LSSU list was sort of limp and uninspired this year, with words such as man cave, ginormous, and baby bump rising to the top of the words that bug people the most. Big whoop. Top vote getter was amazing, which I found kind of amazing.

Check out Stan Carey’s round up of the Word of the Year parade. This year’s horse race got off to a weird start for me when Dictionary.com named tergiversate  (which I think I’ve finally figured out how to spell) as its WOTY for for reasons that I’m sure seem well thought out to them. To me, it seemed like the year obviously belonged to occupy, both for its ubiquity and its cultural versatility.



  1. None of the words listed bother me at any level. What annoys me to no end is the phrase “back in the day”. I want to kill whoever came up with that phrase.

    Comment by Skatha — January 2, 2012 @ 9:25 am | Reply

  2. Thanks for the link! I can’t wait to see what Dictionary.com picks next year. Maybe their aim all along was to elicit precisely this kind of perverse curiosity…

    Comment by Stan — January 2, 2012 @ 3:01 pm | Reply

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