doctorow at January 5th, 2014 18:01 — #1
timquinn at January 5th, 2014 18:49 — #2
That is some kind of advanced punctuation going on in that paragraph. Whew.
redfood at January 5th, 2014 19:16 — #3
I'm pretty sure they got the etymology of splaining wrong. I'm willing to be its from I Love Lucy. As in, "Lucy you have some spraining to do!"
samthebutcher at January 5th, 2014 19:23 — #4
Language is a living thing. It's constantly evolving. Just as in biological evolution, though, there are some sports that are destined to lead nowhere and die off, and I think a few of these words fall into that "5-assed monkey" category.
goofus at January 5th, 2014 19:51 — #5
RIP language, c. Paleolithic era - 2013
sockdoll at January 5th, 2014 20:34 — #6
Had to do a double-take to make sure that wasn't Jonathan Banks/Mike Ehrmantraut.
newliminted at January 5th, 2014 20:42 — #7
anthonyc at January 5th, 2014 20:44 — #8
glitch at January 5th, 2014 20:46 — #9
These are all such unpleasant, joyless words intended to describe and be used in context of terrible things.
If these are 2013's "most exciting" developments in terms of (American) language, then I'm glad the year is behind us. Either that or I think The American Dialect Society gets excited about some really distasteful words and ideas. Or maybe both?
alexandrakitty at January 5th, 2014 21:34 — #10
I thought maybe they won the lottery or something because slang is in a rut...but one man's rut is another man's excitement...
lightningwaltz at January 5th, 2014 22:08 — #11
Try reading Billy Bathgate. /hehe
aelfscine at January 5th, 2014 22:11 — #12
I was at the vote
@redfood: We were aware of Lucy, but this was in reference to using -splain as a suffix, like 'mansplaining' or 'whitesplaining,' which is a different usage.
@Samthebutcher: Definitely. We picked 'Thanksgivvukah' as Least Likely to Succeed since the event won't be happening for another 70,000 years. The most 5-assed of monkeys.
@Glitch & others: The voting is far from a solemn occasion - there's no need to be mourning language. New words and variation show how very much alive it is, and the Word of the Year vote is more to take note of that than anything else.
kartwaffles at January 5th, 2014 22:56 — #13
They left out "listicle"... both from the list and from the article format. Bravo.
flashman at January 5th, 2014 23:52 — #14
Yes, let's all talk like we're in Juno.
william_holz at January 6th, 2014 00:11 — #15
Wait a sec!
boundegar at January 6th, 2014 02:45 — #16
It says 2013, not 2003.
Also, they left out "listicle" from their listicle. Isn't that one of those paradoxes from set theory?
lemoutan at January 6th, 2014 03:27 — #17
The 5-assedest, surely? Unless 5-assedest is 5-asseder than 6-assedest I suppose.
paulxj at January 6th, 2014 03:40 — #18
Isn't the "drunk" part already implicit in "selfie"?
imb at January 6th, 2014 07:44 — #19
What in hell is pet-shaming?
clamb at January 6th, 2014 11:29 — #20
"DIRECTOR CLAPPER" sounds like an item one would use on a movie set.
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