Wednesday, December 12, 2007

What's the word of the year for 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?

7 comments:

  1. I just read about that in USA Today - is it w00t? Or w007? That was an interesting article.

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  2. My favorite word has always been cinnamon and turkey. They just sound funny.

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  3. I don't know if I have a favorite word per se, but your post reminds me of a scene in the tv show Will & Grace, where Karen the rich wacky character sits at the bar and says all these random words to distract another charcter "flimflam, hababloo, chicken, lightpost," which I like to quote to my sister when I get punchy.

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  4. I guessed the word before I clicked on the link! :)
    Two of my favorite words are ocean and soul. I'm not sure what words would be on my least favorite list, but my partner hates moist.

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  5. Laura - I believe it is "woot." Thanks for stopping by!

    Ladytink - good words!

    VA Gal - your comments reminded me of a scene in one of the HP books - first or second - when Dumbledore stands up to say "a few words." What were they? "Nitwit, blubber," something else? That cracked me up!

    Great job, Dev - you are the word winner. And nice words. Moist is a bit annoying - I can see that. What about when people pronounce "humid" without aspirating the H? "You-mid." It's kind of on a par with moist, I think. :-)

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  6. i love the word "sourdough." but i think it's also because i love sourdough bread and sourdough as a concept.
    i have no idea what the word is. is is LOL? ... now to click the link!

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  7. And you are lucky to have a live-in someone who makes such delicious sourdough. I'd be chanting that as my meditation mantra if I were you! Sourdough, sourdough - I'm relaxing already...
    :-)

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