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Word of the Year

At Last, They Has Arrived!

Robin Hardman | Posted 02.09.2016 | Business
Robin Hardman

A few weeks ago, the American Dialect Society announced the 2015 Word of the Year: the singular "they." (Lest anyone doubt the authority of the Americ...

A Struggle With Words: How Mindfulness Maneuvered Its Way to the Top

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 01.13.2016 | GPS for the Soul
M. Shannon Hernandez

My word for 2016 is mindfulness. I spent the first two weeks in December deep in thought about which word to choose. Actually, let me back up. I di...

Musings on Words of the Year for 2015

Frank Islam | Posted 01.06.2016 | Impact
Frank Islam

In 2015, Oxford Dictionaries (Oxford) selection for word of the year announced in October was a pictograph - officially called the "Face with Tears of Joy" emoji. Not to be outdone, in December Merriam Webster proclaimed that its word of the year for 2015, was the suffix - ism.

Merriam-Webster's Word Of The Year Says A Lot About The State Of America

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 12.16.2015 | Arts

According to Merriam-Webster, this year has been the year of -isms. Feminism, socialism, racism, terrorism -- American rhetoric in 2015 was filled wit...

Oxford Dictionary's Word Of The Year Is An Emoji

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 11.16.2015 | Arts

They say a picture paints a thousand words. This sentiment has been interpreted and misinterpreted countless ways, namely as evidence that pictures ar...

And The Word Of The Year Is...

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 11.19.2014 | Books

Sorry, bae: Oxford Dictionaries has chosen their 2014 word of the year, and it’s vape. That would be the term for using an e-cigarette to enjoy burs...

Your Hot Selfie Reveals All

Mark Morford | Posted 05.11.2014 | Technology
Mark Morford

What's your default? What's your favorite go-to expression? Don't be coy; you know you have one. Sweet smirk? Goofy grin? Smoochy duck-face? Maybe yo...

The Selfie is Never Going Away

Michael Restiano | Posted 03.01.2014 | College
Michael Restiano

The selfie alters this paradigm: it makes the mirror bend to our will. Instead of just hoping the camera will take the fairest photo of them all, we assure that it does.

One Thing The Great Selfie Debate Really Misses

Nina Bahadur | Posted 01.25.2014 | Women
Nina Bahadur

Spoiler alert: women post selfies for a variety of reasons. Some are looking for validation that they're pretty or sexy or "dateable." Some post carefully staged images as evidence of the charmed life they lead -- or want commenters to think they do. Others are sharing a snapshot of a time when they feel particularly confident about themselves. Selfies are not inherently a cry for help. They also are not inherently empowering. So why not just let them -- and their takers -- be?

Behold, Your Favorite Historical Photos Turned Into Selfies

Posted 11.20.2013 | Arts

The beloved selfie. It just might be the most ubiquitous form of self-portraiture to ever grace the planet, let alone the internet. So when we came ac...

#AWKWARD #Selfie

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 11.20.2013 | Travel

Well if this ain't a sign of the times. Yesterday, Oxford Dictionaries named selfie their Word of the Year for 2013, defining it as "a photograph that...

And The Word Of The Year Is...

Posted 11.19.2013 | Books

Oxford Dictionaries just announced that their Word of the Year for 2013 is selfie, which means "a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically ...

'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.

Queer Words Of The Year 2012

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

What words bubbled to the surface of our consciousness or exploded out of nowhere? Which lexemes took on special significance as they became associated with a meaningful moment or a surprising announcement? Here's my month-by-month list of LGBTQ words of 2012.

EXCLUSIVE:'s Word Of The Year Is...

Posted 11.19.2012 | Books

The word of the year, according to, is 'Bluster', we can exclusively reveal. defines the word thusly: 1. to roar an...

The Word Of The Year Is...

Posted 11.12.2012 | Books

The Word of the Year 2012, according to the Oxford American Dictionaries, is GIF. “The GIF, a compressed file format for images that can be used...

American Hashtag Society

The Technician | Posted 06.27.2012 | College
The Technician

As I read about the ADS' decision to declare "occupy" the word of the year, I couldn't help but wonder what would win if we were to vote on the Hashtag of the Year. Therefore, I offer you my own winners for various hashtag categories.

Does Diction Reflect Conviction?

Michael Sigman | Posted 03.30.2012 | Home
Michael Sigman

Occupy! was the 2011 Word of the Year according to the American Dialect Society. Did Americans sober up in 2011, or do we simply prefer to alternate between heaviosity and levity?

And The Word Of The Year Is ...

Posted 01.11.2012 | Business

TIME magazine named "the protester" as their Person of the Year for 2011 and now "occupy" has been named 2011 word of the year by the American Dialect...

Most Memorable Words Of 2011

| Posted 12.22.2011 | Books

By Emily Temple For Flavorwire Every year, the American Dialect Society chooses a word of the year — and they’re not the only ones. This week, ...

The Word Of The Year Is...

Posted 12.12.2011 | Books

A panel of editors, lexicographers and others at have chosen the Word of the Year for 2011. The word is... Tergiversate Prono...

What's Your Word Of The Year For 2011?

Marjorie Hope Rothstein | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marjorie Hope Rothstein

I've decided that my word for 2011 is "equipoise." I have spent most of my life re-acting to circumstances, but now I am choosing to remain balanced, calm and at peace inside.

"Teabagger" Oxford Dictionary Word-of-the-Year Finalist

Dawn Teo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dawn Teo

"Having deliberated carefully over the word-usage evidence, Oxford's lexicographers are confident in their judgment that 'teabagger' the political term stands distinctly apart from 'teabagger' the vulgar term."

Word Of The Year 2009: See | 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...