Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Words are fun, and of course I was interested when I found a link to this article about Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year 2007. I'll give you a hint: the word first became popular in competitive online gaming forums as part of l33t ("leet," or "elite") speak—a computer hacker language in which numbers and symbols are put together to look like letters. And another hint: the word is not "blamestorm," "sardoodledom" or "Pecksniffian." But if you read the article you will also find out what those and other runner-up words mean. I enjoy saying sardoodledom. It sounds like a word Winnie-the-Pooh would put into a poem. Tiddly pom!
Merriam-Webster's word of the year is chosen by site visitors who vote for their favorite. I'm unsure what the criteria are - it looks like the word and runner ups were just ones that people liked. Do you have a favorite word? A least favorite, one that bugs you for no apparent reason? The word "fruitful" has always kind of annoyed me. And I love the word "wombat." And "melancholy." What about you?