Bringing the Text to Life
If you’re looking for the perfect conversation-starter as you head out to that New Year’s Eve party, the American Dialect Society has a great one for you: What’s your nomination for the “Word of the Year”?
We’ll tell you right now: Our nomination for word of the year is — famchi. To learn more, read on.
Every December, the ADS sifts through hundreds of neologisms or new words coined during the previous year and picks one to lift up for an award. In 2006 the word was “plutoed” — a reference to the fact that the planet Pluto was declassified as a planet by some astronomers. “Plutoed” means to demote or devalue someone or something as in, “No Christmas bonus. Totally plutoed by my boss. The jerk!”
The runner-up Word of the Year in ’06 was “climate canary” — any species whose extinction might indicate the destructive onset of global climate change. Other nominees included...