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American Dialect Society Word of the Year

Here's Why 2015's 'Word Of The Year' Is Totally Unexpected... And Totally Revolutionary

Holly R. Cashman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Holly R. Cashman

If we accept that 'queer' is not just a synonym for LGBT, but a description of something that is revolutionary, something that challenges heteronormativity and the fixed nature of identities, then the anti-normative, non-binary, singular 'they' is a very queer word of the year indeed.

'Marriage Equality' Narrowly Loses American Dialect Society's Vote On 2012's Word Of The Year

Holly R. Cashman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Holly R. Cashman

"Marriage equality" did win the "Most Likely to Succeed" category in a landslide vote. It trounced the competition, which included "fiscal cliff," "superstorm," "MOOC" (for "massive open online course") and "big data," with a total of 156 votes.

Word Of The Year 2009: See

washingtonpost.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Other outlets have already named words of the year for 2009 -- Merriam-Webster picked "admonish" (huh?) and the Oxford English Dictionary went with "u...