End of ADS-L Digest - 23 Dec 1994 to 24 Dec 1994 ************************************************ There are 10 messages totalling 263 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. Word of the Year: VOTE NOW! (4) 2. Word of the Year (2) 3. New Words of the Year 4. DEADLINE IS HERE 5. Cyber-Morph (2) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 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. -- Natalie **************************************************** AMERICAN DIALECT SOCIETY Dec. 29, 1994 c/o Allan Metcalf, Le Meridien San Diego (619) 435-3000, room 343 NOMINATIONS FOR: 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 donor egg' 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 network' 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.