The world may not have ended on Dec. 21 and there weren't any much-fretted global catastrophes, but the year still held several surprises if you were a political junkie in the Tri-State.
CINCINNATI - The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion has its annual list of most annoying words.
And, then there's the American Dialect Society. Never heard of the ADS? Here's how the organization describes itself:
"The American Dialect Society, founded in 1889, is dedicated to the study of the English language in North America, and of other languages, or dialects of other languages, influencing it or influenced by it."
As it has done since 1990, ADS members will vote on the word of the year at their annual gathering in January. We, the people, get to nominate the expression that "most reflects the ideas, events, and themes which have occupied the English-speaking world, especially North America."
Here's how to vote:
- Email your choice to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tweet your choice to @americandialect or use the hashtag #woty12
- Post your choice to the ADS Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/americandialect
The Lake Superior State University banished word list also comes out in early January, so there's still time to nominate words and phrases you never hope to hear again:
- View nominated words and phrases: http://www.lssu.edu/banished/current.php Submit your choice: http://www.lssu.edu/banished/submit_word.php
As for the Marist Poll's most annoying words of 2012, "whatever" and "just sayin'" rubbed us the wrong way. So did "Twitterverse."
- Read more: http://maristpoll.marist.edu/1227-whatever-still-viewed-as-most-annoying-word-or-phrase-just-sayin/
Marist surveyed about 1,200 adults around the U.S. earlier this month to come up with its results.
What are some of the words and phrases you hope to never hear again?
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