JCC Word of the Year (2012)

Discussion in 'Community' started by Terr_Mys, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. Terr_Mys Force Ghost

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    So, as an official member of the American Dialect Society, one of my member privileges is being able to submit nominations and vote on the ADS' widely-publicized "word of the year." The nominations will be submitted tomorrow night at the Linguistic Society of America's annual meeting, and the winner will be chosen Friday night.

    I ask you, members of the JCC, to please help me in drafting a list of words that I can nominate for this most prestigious of honors.

    And...go:
  2. tom Chosen One

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  3. Juliet316 Chosen One

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    The word that millions of people horribly mispronounce despite it being in the first line of the ****ing song.
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  8. George Roper Jedi Grand Master

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    Sounds like you're not worthy of your member privileges if you're asking the JCC for help.
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  10. GrandAdmiralJello Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque

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    So long as the word is a real word and not one of those new-fangled so-called "words" that keep being "added" to the English language. Languages were not meant to "grow" and "evolve!" They were meant to be used the way they were originally intended.

    If you try and point out that any of the words that I've used are recent additions to the English language or have had their meaning changed over time, I will smack you with a fish. :p
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  11. Ender Sai Chosen One

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    Jello, it's American English. Not proper English. So it doesn't actually matter?
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  12. Kiki-Gonn Chosen One

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    A bit of a cheat but... '47%'
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    First occurrence of the word 'Jello' without a dash: 1977.

    Make mine a small sole.
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  19. VadersLaMent Chosen One

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    This has been the year of the Derp.
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    I need to go on a Cheers rewatch soon.
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    That's a little known fact.
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  24. Terr_Mys Force Ghost

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    So here are the final results from tonight's voting:

    Most Useful

    -(po)calypse, -(ma)geddon: hyperbolic
    combining forms for various catastrophes

    Defeated these nominees:

    YOLO: acronym for “You Only Live Once,”
    often used sarcastically or self-deprecatingly
    hate-watching: continuing to follow a
    television show despite having an aversion to it
    beardruff: dandruff from one’s beard


    Most Creative

    gate lice: airline passengers who crowd around
    a gate waiting to board

    Defeated these nominees:

    mansplaining: a man’s condescending
    explanation to a female audience
    alpacalypse: the Mayan apocalypse predicted
    for Dec. 21, 2012 (alpaca + -lypse)
    dancelexia: inability to pull off dance moves
    (such as misspelling “YMCA”)


    Most Unnecesary

    legitimate rape: type of rape that Missouri
    Senate candidate Todd Akin claimed rarely
    results in pregnancy

    Defeated these nominees:

    Frankenstorm: term for Hurricane Sandy’s
    hybrid storm system (after Frankenstein’s
    monster)
    HD: abbreviation for “high-definition,” used for
    things that could not be high-definition
    feels: slangy shortening of “feelings”


    Most Outrageous

    legitimate rape: type of rape that Missouri
    Senate candidate Todd Akin claimed rarely
    results in pregnancy

    Defeated these nominees:

    Dunlop effect: when one’s stomach protrudes
    over ill-fitting pants (“belly done lop over the
    belt”)
    slut-shaming: attacking a woman for socially
    stigmatized sexual activity
    butt-chugging: an alcohol enema, used in
    college fraternity hazing rituals


    Most Euphemistic

    self-deportation: policy of encouraging illegal
    immigrants to return voluntarily to their home
    countries

    Defeated these nominees:

    disruptive: destroying existing business models
    Gray Thursday: name given to Thanksgiving
    as a shopping day before Black Friday
    ratchet: slang term originally referring to
    “urban divas” now used to mean “ghetto”


    Most Likely to Succeed

    marriage equality: legal recognition of samesex
    marriage

    Defeated these nominees:

    fiscal cliff: threat of spending cuts and tax
    increases looming over end-of-year budget
    negotiations
    superstorm: an unusually large and destructive
    storm, such as Hurricane Sandy
    MOOC: acronym for “massive open online
    course”
    big data: large collections of digital information


    Least Likely to Succeed

    phablet: mid-sized electronic device between a
    smartphone and a tablet - CO-WINNER with YOLO, which was a last-minute nomination from the floor. phablet actually won by a single vote, but to avoid to controversy the chair decided to give them both winning status


    Defeated these nominees:
    cray-cray: slangy shortening and reduplication
    of “crazy”
    Gangnam style: the trendy style of Seoul’s
    Gangnam district, as used in the Korean pop
    song of the same name
    Windows Metro: name originally used for the
    Windows 8 operating system


    Election Words

    binders full of women - another last-minute nomination from the floor

    Defeated these nominees:

    47 percent: portion of the population that does
    not pay federal income tax (as used by Romney)
    Etch-a-Sketch: metaphor of reinvention used
    by Romney campaign adviser Eric Fehrnstrom
    Eastwooding: photo fad inspired by Clint
    Eastwood’s unscripted speech at the RNC
    Romney/Obama: names of candidates used for
    blends (Obamaloney, Obamageddon, Romnesia,
    Romney Hood)

    ...and the WORD OF THE YEAR for 2012 ...

    hashtag - yet another nomination from the floor. Runner-up was marriage equality.

    I actually voted for Gangnam Style for WOTY 2012, although I wasn't particularly happy with any of the nominees. I'm pretty sure hashtag was already nominated a couple years ago (when Twitter was getting really big).

    Although I've been a member of the ADS for a couple years, this was my first chance to vote on the WOTY. I have to say that voting has never been so funny and entertaining. There was more than one joke involving butt-chugging.