The American Dialect Society has chosen its words of the year for 2013. First the other categories:
- Most Useful was “because” when used to introduce another word, like in the title of this post.
- Most Creative was “catfish”, when you misrepresent yourself online in the pursuit of romance.
- Most Unnecessary was “sharknado”, a tornado full of sharks that came out of a movie.
- Most Outrageous was “underbutt”, the underside of people’s buttocks, made visible by certain clothings.
- Most Euphemistic was “least untruthful”, the smallest amount of lying.
- Most Likely to Succeed was “binge–watch”, which is to television shows what binge–eating is to food.
- Least Likely to Succeed was “Thanksgivukkah”, having Hanukkah start on (US) Thanksgiving.
- Most Productive was “–shaming”, a form of public humiliation.
As an aside, I am surprised there were no “economy words” like shutdown, sequester, debt ceiling, etc. If this is due to them being common than I really don’t like the implications of that.
And the Word of the Year? Because… because reasons! Because useful! Because everywhere!
In a companion vote, the ADS sibling organization, the American Name Society, chose Francis (after the pope) as its Name of the Year.