Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A Compilation of Word Lists for 2012 & 2013

Every year, there are dozens of different major word lists and countless more minor words lists that are presented. I usually like to try to discuss them and this year is no different (check out the word lists for 2010 and word lists for 2011).

Except, it seems like there are a lot more of them for this year. Here is a compilation of some of the best word lists for 2012, as well as predictions (or hoped banishments) for 2013.

Merriam-Webster's Most Looked-Up Words of 2012
Merriam-Webster's most looked-up words of 2012 are "socialism" and "capitalism." The rest of the list includes "malarkey," "globalization," "marriage" and "bigot." Could you tell it was an election year?

The American Dialect Society's Words of 2012
The American Dialect Society's 2012 words list also includes many campaign-related words, but not all of them are as such. My favorites on this list are "Eastwooding" and "hate-watching." Who hate-watches anything, anyway? Sounds like a waste of time and energy.

The Financial Times Lexicon Top 10 of 2012
The FT Lexicon's word list for 2012 is a little different, as this finance-related publication has a list of words that reflects its industry. "Mutual fund" was the top term, followed by "recession" at number two. Hey, it seems "fiscal cliff" is at number 10! Haven't heard that phrase before.

Collins' Online Dictionary Words of 2012
Collins' Online Dictionary's word list presents a word for each month of 2012. "Gangnam style" is introduced for September. "Fiscal cliff" is not surprisingly the word for December. Is there a trend?

The Atlantic's A-Z Guide to 2012's Worst Words
This is quite a list! A very thorough analysis of words that were born or overused during 2012, from "actually" and "YOLO" to (gasp!) "fiscal cliff" and "legitimate rape," this list is a great place to start for words to banish for 2013. I can handle YOLO, but seriously, can we ban "fiscal cliff" already?

Words That Need to Be Retired in 2013
The Atlantic had a great list, but the SF Weekly didn't quite think it was enough and added its own words to the list, including "adorkable" and "ZOMG!" Excellent additions, in my opinion.

New words of 2012: What a Shamazing Year
Are you noticing that a lot of 2012 words are ones that people never want to hear again? The Telegraph's 2012 list had a distinctly British flavor and was almost entirely made out of portmanteaus, including "brandalism" and "Eurogeddon." We really are fans of combining two words together, aren't we?

Words You'll Hear Plenty in 2013
BusinessNewsDaily interviewed small business owners, PR people, entrepreneurs and others to discover which buzzwords we may see in 2013. The list again includes a lot of portmonteaus like "phablets," "advertainment" and "tri-ti-tasking." I guess we'll be multitasking even more in 2013! And possibly starting a trend of combing three words together.

2012: The Year in Food Words
Finally, a topic that everyone loves. This list is unique in that it compiles the best food-related words that were popular in 2012. Most notable on this list, in my opinion, are ultra-pizza (yum!), potato movement and buzz bars.

What would you add or subtract from this list - either words we heard a lot in 2012 or words you don't want to hear anymore in 2013?

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