Have your say: The best and worst words and phrases of 2012
Selfie, superstorm or YOLO?
Holly Edgell, Community Editor
11:09 AM, Dec 28, 2012
12:55 PM, Dec 31, 2012
CINCINNATI - The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion has its annual list of most annoying words.
Lake Superior State University has its yearly list of "banished words," those many of us would like to leave behind in the previous year.
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