Word Of The Year
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Oxford Dictionaries has announced its word of the year… and it's selfie! Katherine Martin, Head of US Dictionaries at Oxford University Press, will talk about the decision and the other words Oxford considered for Word of the Year this year. We'll also take your calls for alternative Word of the Year suggestions.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Selfie has been named by Oxford Dictionaries as the 2013 Word of the Year. Though selfies have gotten a bad rap as the crowning achievement of a narcissistic self-absorbed, self-obsessed youth culture, writer Casey Cep says young people today didn't actually invent the selfie—today’s cropped, filtered and instantly shared selfies in fact stem from a long, rich tradition of self-portraiture. Before we dismiss the selfie, she argues we should consider all that it has to offer.
Monday, December 19, 2011
"Pragmatic" is Merriam-Webster's choice for word of the year. Peter Sokolowski, lexicographer for Merriam-Webster, and Steve Kleinedler, executive editor of the American Heritage Dictionaries and their new book, The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition, discuss why it was chosen.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Merriam-Webster has chosen "pragmatic" as their word of the year. The dictionary saw a spike in searches for the word in the run-up to the debt ceiling negotiations and again during deficit negotiations this Fall.
»» What do you think of the decision? What would be your word of 2011? Post it below and tell us why! Or tweet us @brianlehrer using the tag #blword.