Latest news: “Dumpster fire” is 2016 American Dialect Society word of the year


The Newsletter of the American Dialect Society (NADS) cannot be sustained: postage costs have increased, editorial material has been scarce, and ADS members increasingly look for news on the Web rather than in their mailboxes. So, the ADS Executive Committee has decided to discontinue NADS, in both print and PDF formats; yet there is still a need for something like NADS.

Although the ADS Web site serves many of the same purposes as NADS, it is useful only if members think to check it at the right times for certain information (calls for papers and other deadlines, for instance). Forgetful as we all are, many ADS members would appreciate timely announcements or reminders of ADS-related business and activities. The best way to disseminate these nowadays is via an e-mail list.

A new e-mail list, called ADS-M, has been established in order to serve this purpose. Unlike ADS-L, it is not a discussion list: ADS-M is moderated and distributes mail to list subscribers only from ADS or ADS members who submit material to the list moderator (as though to NADS) at Only the moderator can post messages to the list, and messages will be posted only if they pertain specifically and clearly to the interests of ADS and its members. Messages will be relatively infrequent, on the order of one per week.

Also unlike ADS-L, ADS-M is available to ADS members only: subscribers are added once they become members of ADS. You can join the society at

Linguist List has agreed to host ADS-M — many thanks to them and also to Allan Metcalf, Executive Secretary, who edited NADS to the Society’s great benefit for so many years.