January 5, 2013

What's the "word of the year"?

According to the American Dialect Society. Phrases get to be words in this competition. Guess: YOLO, #hashtag, Gangnam style, fiscal cliff, 47 percent?

31 comments:

Bob Ellison said...

#hashtag

Bob Ellison said...

Hah! I got it right. You have no reason to believe me, of course, darn it.

glenn said...

Wow, Every time I hear some half wit say it on TV I reach for the remote.

Ann Althouse said...

I thought hashtag seemed like something from a couple years ago. I was surprised to see that win. I guess they mean actually saying "hashtag" in the middle of normal speech. Is that being done?

If so, I'm going to start doing that in law school class: "Hashtag federalism." Think that would make the young folk perk up?

The Drill SGT said...

Used to live in Yolo County. Does that matter?

The county seat is Woodland, and the largest town is Davis.

Ann Althouse said...

"Wow, Every time I hear some half wit say it on TV I reach for the remote."

I guess I'm not watching enough TV shows. All I watch is Survivor and the football games Meade puts on. And a little HGTV to relax. I never hear "Hashtag hidden immunity idol" or "Hashtag knob-and-tube" or anything like that.

What are the shows where they do that? News shows? I never watch the TV news. Almost never. I do a little of the Sunday morning crap, but I never hear someone throw out "hashtag" as in... what?... hashtag clot plot.

Bob Ellison said...

Paula Deen has a great recipe for hashtag hash.

Not really. And that domain name appears to be available! Someone should nab it and compete with Twitchy.com.

Bob Ellison said...

Paula Deen has a great recipe for hashtag hash.

Not really. And that domain name appears to be available! Someone should nab it and compete with Twitchy.com.

traditionalguy said...

A new phrase today is Fiscal Cliff Groundhog's Day.

davidedwinross said...

I hear it a lot on sports & talk shows to literally refer to the act of using the hashtag to join the conversation.

For instance on ESPN's EPL coverage, before the match the announcer will say "if you have a question you'd like us to answer live on the air at halftime, tweet us at [something, I forget] and use hashtag FC Bootroom"

Another example: AMC has a talk show about "The Walking Dead" (called "Talking Dead") that airs right after it. Leading into the commercial breaks of "The Walking Dead," the host of "Talking Dead" will come on live and say something like "wow, can you believe what just happened? if you want us to read your tweets live during "Talking Dead", use hashtag On eLegged Herschel".

I feel like I hear some TV announcer verbalize "hashtag" in an instance like this a few times per week.

phx said...

I vote for 47%ers - one word.

Hagar said...

But I do wish the more polite society commenting hereon would refrain from using these vulgarisms, especially the meaningless abbreviations.

SteveR said...

How much more of Mike Golic or Kim Kardashian do you need?

Its a pet rock.

ricpic said...

This year's word: gibsmedat.

Next year's word: spareadime?

bagoh20 said...

On the political right of the spectrum, Id say the most common thought in 2012 was "WTF?"

In 2013 it will be "ITYS".

Tim said...

"Guess: YOLO, #hashtag, Gangnam style, fiscal cliff, 47 percent?"

So #hashtag is it?

Hmmmm.

Well then, my new expression, road-tested since the '12 election: #Double-DownOnFailure.

For some people, it's YOLO, all the time.

Which, in rationalizing away the obvious risks, makes failure all the more bearable, if not welcome, I guess.

EDH said...

That list exudes a one-sided, politicized world view.

Tim said...

ricpic said...

"This year's word: gibsmedat.

Next year's word: spareadime?"


Implicitly followed by, "amirite"?

Yes, urrite.

garage mahal said...

"Skewed" deserves at least a honorable mention.

Mary Beth said...

Hagar said...

But I do wish the more polite society commenting hereon would refrain from using these vulgarisms, especially the meaningless abbreviations.

1/5/13 11:53 AM


IKR

Chip Ahoy said...

It does happen that the teevee is running but on mute while I'm online with sixteen windows open so the monitor is sort of integrated already, but I never felt inlined to open another window or tab just to try to join any of that. But I can see other people doing it.

The thing that kills me though are the commercials with the row of social network buttons. I'm sitting here thinking, jeeze, those things are so obnoxious and now I KNOW you're not even thinking because my monitor is non-interactive.

Was the idea so splendid that all coders unanimously took them right up? Because it sure looks that way. Improved them so they shoot out from the side as you scroll near the end of the item. Clever! Zoink, wanna share? Come on, share! SHARE, I SAID. YOU'RE NOT PAYING YOUR FAIR SHARE !!1!1!!!!11

And comments through Facebook. A guarantee of top tier commenters.

Thank you for making them go away here.

edutcher said...

I would have thought low-information (actually low-intelligence) voter.

Indigo Red said...

Is there an award show for Word of the Year? There should be and award show.

MadisonMan said...

YOLO is a bad acronym. You only live once, when it really means to say You live only once. But YLOO is silly.

MadisonMan said...

(I explained this to my teens and got a great eye-roll)

NotquiteunBuckley said...

Obamaphone.

NotquiteunBuckley said...

Obamaphone.

rastajenk said...

I like how the linked article explains that "frankenstorm" comes from Frankenstein's monster. I don't believe I could have figured that out without the explanation. Who are they writing for, and how stupid are they?

kentuckyliz said...

Hash tag is old.

Have you noticed? When you call a business and the automated attendant answers, or you're in IVR, it instructs you to enter information or an option, "followed by the pound or hash tag sign".

The oldsters know what pound is, the younguns know what hashtag is. Same symbol.

Aridog said...

"Bespoke" ... a word to hate.

The Wall Street Journal has an article in this weekend's edition about "The Banker's Suit." It proposes bankers seeking a "power" image might wear near $17,000 in "bespoke" (repeatedly used) attire components.

Tell you what...I meet a "banker" who wears $17,000 worth of crap daily I'm going to look at him the same way I'd would have John Gotti. Hell...Bernie Madoff likely dressed even better than the "bespoke" banker in the WSJ.

Now to go clean my bespoke teeth. :)

Aridog said...

kentuckyliz said...

Hash tag is old....Have you noticed?...

Nope. By the time e-phone answering system gets to that part I've hung up...after punching the Zero button about 90 times. No human? Adios. ":-)