Date: Thu, 29 Dec 1994 13:28:56 EST
From: Natalie Maynor 72377.1113[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]COMPUSERVE.COM
Subject: Word of the Year: VOTE NOW!
Sorry for such short notice. If e-mail voting becomes a tradition, we'll
be better organized for it in the future. If you want to vote for '94 Word
of the Year, send your ballot to ADS-L by 4 p.m. today -- Pacific time.
AMERICAN DIALECT SOCIETY
Dec. 29, 1994
c/o Allan Metcalf, Le Meridien San Diego
(619) 435-3000, room 343
NEW WORD (OR PHRASE) OF THE YEAR 1994
Nominees were chosen at the open meeting of the New Words Committee Dec. 28.
They are to be voted on at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, in St. Tropez C, upstairs
at Le Meridien, 2000 Second St., Coronado.
Procedure: For each category there will be 1) opportunity for additional
nominations and brief discussion of candidates; 2) vote by show of hands,
all present entitled to vote.
1. Most beautiful: granny mum 'a woman past the usual child-bearing age who
is pregnant through artificial implantation of a fertilized
sylvanshine 'night-time iridescence of forest trees'
2. Most imaginative: morph (v.) 'to change form, to change, to transport'
guillermo 'e-mail message in a foreign language' [=memo in Spanish]
spamming 'random and indiscriminate posting of articles and
advertising on Internet bulletin boards' [from image of Spam
dropped into an electric fan]
3. Most trendy: vegetal leather 'synthetic leather made of latex on cotton'
casual day / dress down day 'a work day, usually Friday, when
employees are allowed to wear casual attire'
4. Most euphemistic: fetal reduction 'aborting one or more fetuses that
occur as a result of infertility treatment, to increase the chances
for survival of the remaining ones'
challenged (as in abdominally challenged, classically challenged)
5. Most promising: Infobahn 'information superhighway, Internet'
Pog (a children's game)
polydoxy 'holding a variety of beliefs'
6. Most useful: cyber 'pertaining to computers, electronic communication,
or the electronic superhighway'
netiquette 'appropriate behavior on the Internet or other computer
Then will follow open nominations, discussion, and vote for New Word of the
Year 1994, the word or phrase that best characterizes the new concerns and
attitudes of the past year. Nominations may be made whether or not the
words were winners in individual categories.
Thanks to: David Barnhart, editor of the Barnhart Dictionary Companion, the
only periodical devoted to new words; John and Adele Algeo, conductors of
"Among the New Words" in American Speech; and the 18 American Dialect
Society members and friends whose discussion Thursday morning determined
this year's categories and nominees.
Nominations for 1995 should be sent to Barnhart at PO Box 247, Cold
Spring NY 10516
or to the Algeos at PO Box 270, Wheaton IL 60189-0270.