Words of the Year

I’m not sure what’s more annoying — the Christmas creep (doesn’t it feel like November and December should just be renamed Thankschrisgivingmas?) or the early onslaught of end of year lists.

Here’s two more: The Global Language Monitor has announced that Spillcam (you know from that little oil spill back in March) is the Top Word of the year and “By choosing it as its word of the year, Oxford University Press has ushered in “refudiate” — the much-debated combination of “refute” and “repudiate” made famous by Sarah Palin — to our commonly accepted lexicon.”

I was hoping for vuvuzela.

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  • Sarah Noonan November 16, 2010, 7:44 am

    Jim – First off, happy birthday! Second, I'm going to have to disagree with you about Year-in-Review Lists which I absolutely cannot get enough of. I even wrote my college essay about this quirky obsession. I was excited to see this post because I interned for the Oxford University Press blog last year. Great group of people there!

    • jamesfurbush November 16, 2010, 1:17 pm

      No, no, I love year end lists. It just seems like they are happening earlier and earlier every year.