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Nominations for Words of the Year 2019 and Words of the Decade 2010-2019

January 3rd, 2020 Comments Off on Nominations for Words of the Year 2019 and Words of the Decade 2010-2019

Nominations for Words of the Year 2019 and Words of the Decade 2010-2019 have been posted. The final vote will be held at 5 p.m. CST, Friday, January 3rd, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, St. Charles Ballroom.


Words of the Year (2019) and Words of the Decade (2010-2019)

NOMINATIONS to be voted on by the American Dialect Society, Jan. 3, 2020, New Orleans, LA

POLITICAL WORD OF THE YEAR

  • #IMPOTUS: derogatory reference to Trump (IMPeached President Of The United States)
  • quid pro quo: exchange of favors (central to Trump/Ukraine impeachment scandal)
  • squad: nickname for four new House Democrats (Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley, Tlaib)
  • Trumpschmerz: suffering induced by constant updates about the Trump administration

 MOST USEFUL/MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED

  • ok boomer: retort to someone older expressing out-of-touch or condescending views
  • plant-based: made from plants, for food products marketed as meat alternatives
  • stan: to be devoted or enthusiastic about
  • zoomer: member of Generation Z

SLANG/INFORMAL WORD OF THE YEAR

  • and I oop-: catchphrase of VSCO girls, expressing shock, surprise, or embarrassment (originally from a video by drag queen Jasmine Masters)
  • hot girl summer: a call to live one’s best life (after Houston rapper Megan Thee Stallion)
  • zaddy: gender-neutral variation of “daddy” for an attractive older person with money

MOST CREATIVE

  • (X)-curious: interested in something (as in “bi-curious”)
  • gerrymeandering: drawing convoluted congressional district lines for political gain
  • nobody: : phrasal template mocking someone providing an unsolicited opinion
  • sksksk: keysmash exclamation, expressing laughter, awkwardness, or amazement

EUPHEMISM OF THE YEAR

  • freedom gas / molecules of U.S. freedom: natural gas (used by Energy Dept. officials)
  • Heckboy: Hellboy (used on the marquee of a Tennessee movie theater)
  • people of means: rich people (used by Starbucks executive Howard Schultz)
  • self-partnered: single (used by Emma Watson)

DIGITAL WORD OF THE YEAR

  • 📠: facts (pun on “fax machine” emoji)
  • im🍑: emoji representation of “impeach”
  • VSCO girl: young woman who posts trendy pictures of herself on the VSCO photo app

WORD OF THE YEAR (2019)

  • ok boomer: retort to someone older expressing out-of-touch or condescending views
  • cancel: withdraw support from someone or something that is considered problematic or unacceptable
  • (my) pronouns: introduction for sharing one’s set of personal pronouns (“pronouns: she/her”)
  • Karen: stereotype of a complaining, self-important white woman, typically a member of Generation X (also “Generation Karen”)

WORD OF THE DECADE (2010-2019)

  • #BlackLivesMatter: expression of protest over police violence against African Americans
  • climate: used in phrases related to the impact of climate change, including “climate crisis,” “climate emergency,” and “climate strike”
  • emoji: small icon in electronic communication, used to convey information or emotional attitude, or as a playful substitution for words
  • meme: a shared cultural item in the form of a phrase, image, or video circulated online, often with humorous, creative alterations
  • #MeToo: expression of solidarity for women surviving sexual assault or harassment (coined by Tarana Burke)
  • opioid crisis: epidemic of opioid-related drug overdoses across the U.S.
  • selfie: a photograph that one takes of oneself, typically with a digital camera and shared on social media
  • they: gender-neutral singular pronoun for a known person, particularly as a nonbinary identifier (“they,” “them,” themself”)
  • woke: socially aware, especially about issues of racial and social justice (also used negatively to mock ostensibly enlightened attitudes)

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