While I’m not a huge believer in the whole concept of a “Word of the Year” (WOTY), it’s become a tradition for me to use a post (or two, or even three…) to collect as many of them as I can to see what the various WOTY committees have come up with. The whole WOTY idea is nonsense, but these lists are often useful for tracking interesting new words and usages that might soon become (or already have become) a common part of the language around us. They’re also, in my opinion, a good demonstration of how easy it is to be completely tone-deaf to how the language actually functions, so these lists give us a window on both the best and the worst of new coinages.
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- WOTY (Word of the Year) 2014 — Part 1 December 21, 2014
- Forgo, foregoing, foregone…but please not “forwent” November 16, 2014
- Why use a copyeditor indeed. October 14, 2014
- Burn This Book Review: An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England (2007, Brock Clarke) September 27, 2014
- ISIS or ISIL? What’s in a name? A lot if you’re paying attention. August 12, 2014
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