To stoke the official words-of-the-year nomination process, below are several lists of words of the year to consider a day before the Society’s 22nd words of the year nomination meeting.
The official nominations will be determined during a public meeting held at the downtown Portland, Ore., Hilton, on Thursday, January 5, and will be available on this site at about 7:30. You must be at the meeting to officially nominate a word. The final 2011 word-of-the-year vote will be 5:30 p.m., Friday, January 6, at the same hotel and those results should be available by 7:30 p.m.
• “What we talked about in 2011,” a words-of-the-year column by Ben Zimmer, chair of the American Dialect Society’s New Words committee and language columnist for the Boston Globe. His full list of nominees is here.