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
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
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
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
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
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
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?