Word Of The Year

The Brian Lehrer Show

2014's Word of the Year is: Vape

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Today we talk about the word of the year 2014, "vape", from Oxford Dictionaries. Last year's word--"selfie"! 

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Studio 360

What's Your Word of the Year?

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Every year, dictionaries announce the words that made the biggest impression. And once in a while, they even get it right. What word would you pick if you had the choice?
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Selfie: 2013's 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.

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The Takeaway

Selfie Named Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries

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.

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Your Word of the Year

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.

»» What do you think of the decision? What would be your word of 2011? Post it here! | Tweet #blword

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"Pragmatic" is Merriam-Webster's Word of The Year. What's Yours?

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.

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