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Nominations for Words of the Year 2022

January 6th, 2023 Comments Off on Nominations for Words of the Year 2022

Nominations for Words of the Year 2022 follow below.
The final selection will be held at 5:30 pm MST on Friday, Jan. 6 (in the Centennial Ballroom of the Denver Hyatt Regency).


American Dialect Society Words of the Year (2022)

NOMINATIONS to be voted on by the American Dialect Society, Jan. 6, 2023, Denver, CO.

EMOJI OF THE YEAR

  • 🫠 [melting face]: expressing embarrassment or dread
  • 🫡 [saluting face]: sign of respect or solidarity
  • 🫥 [dotted line face]: feeling of invisibility
  • 💀 [skull]: expressing figurative death (from laughter, frustration, etc.)
  • 🚩 [red flag]: signaling danger or problems
  • ⬜🟨🟩 [colored boxes]: for Wordle results

EUPHEMISM OF THE YEAR

  • camping: access to abortion, as used in informal networks circumventing state anti-abortion laws 
  • diverse-owned: of a business, owned by members of historically underrepresented groups
  • leg booty: algospeak substitution for LGBT 
  • pronouns: trans/nonbinary gender identities, as used in transphobic rhetoric to mock pronoun choice
  • résumé embellishment: lying about one’s accomplishments 
  • special military operation: Russian designation for invasion of Ukraine

MOST CREATIVE WORD OF THE YEAR

  • blorbo (from my shows): beloved fictional character from television or other media 
  • -dle: suffix for Wordle-like games (Heardle,  Absurdle, Foodle, Worldle, Redactle, etc.)
  • moid/foid: derogatory terms for men and women in incel culture
  • short king: positive or affectionate term for a man of modest stature  
  • -ussy: suffix from “pussy” (as in “bussy” = “boy pussy,” now humorously attached to many words) 

SNOWCLONE/PHRASAL TEMPLATE OF THE YEAR

  • if I text you X, it means Y: explaining how to interpret an emoji or series of emojis
  • #IStandWithX: expression of solidarity
  • it’s the X for me: singling out a notable or funny aspect of something, or finding fault with someone
  • not X: ironic framing device expressing an attitude of mock horror or incredulity
  • she’s/he’s a 10, but X: pointing out a negative or quirky quality of someone
  • X hits different: describing an experience that is affecting in a meaningful way

INFORMAL WORD OF THE YEAR

  • dickriding: currying favor or sucking up to someone
  • (the) ick: feeling of disgust about one’s date
  • it’s giving (X): description of something exuding a particular vibe or energy (from drag culture)
  • menty b: mental breakdown
  • rizz: effortless attractiveness or style (short for “charisma”)

DIGITAL WORD OF THE YEAR

  • BFFR: initialism for “be fucking for real”
  • chief twit: self-designation of Elon Musk after acquiring Twitter
  • chronically online: spending so much time online that it warps one’s sense of reality
  • touch grass: go outside (antidote to spending too much time online)
  • -verse: online world, as in Metaverse (Facebook’s VR) or Fediverse (federated servers on Mastodon) 

POLITICAL WORD OF THE YEAR

  • Dark Brandon: sinister, powerful alter ego of Joe Biden (play on “Let’s Go Brandon”)
  • Dobbs: Supreme Court decision reversing abortion rights (as in “post-Dobbs”) 
  • pink trickle/splash: result of Republican “red wave” in midterms not materializing 
  • Slava Ukraini: “Glory to Ukraine!” (said in solidarity with Ukrainian resistance)
  • Woman, Life, Freedom: rallying cry for women’s rights in Iran and elsewhere 

MOST USEFUL/MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED

  • climate criminal: celebrity who flies excessively via private jet
  • longtermism: ethical position that prioritizes improving the long-term future
  • nepo baby: celebrity who is the child of a celebrity
  • quiet quitting: doing no more than the minimum required for a job

WORD OF THE YEAR

  • quiet quitting: doing no more than the minimum required for a job
  • rizz: effortless attractiveness or style (short for “charisma”)
  • Slava Ukraini: “Glory to Ukraine!” (said in solidarity with Ukrainian resistance)
  • -ussy: suffix from “pussy” (as in “bussy” = “boy pussy,” now humorously attached to many words)

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