Sunday, December 28, 2014

Word of the Year for 2014?

Each year, the American Dialectic Society selects the “Word of the Year”—

The 2013 Word of the Year was “Because”:

This past year, the very old word because exploded with new grammatical possibilities in informal online use,” Zimmer said. “No longer does because have to be followed by of or a full clause. Now one often sees tersely worded rationales like ‘because science’ or ‘because reasons.’ You might not go to a party ‘because tired.’ As one supporter put it, because should be Word of the Year ‘because useful!’”

(You can read more here.)  “Hashtag” was the word for 2013. You can submit your nomination for 2014 at


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Apologies. “Hashtag” was the 2012 word of the year (here). “Because” was the word for 2013 (please see more here). “Selfie” was the 2013 word of the year for the Oxford Dictionaries (here). For 2014, the Oxford Dictionaries word was “vape” (here). We are still waiting for the American Dialect Society to announce the word for 2014.

Posted by: Louis Sirico | Jan 6, 2015 6:35:29 AM

So, which was 2013 Word of the Year?

Posted by: Otto stockmeyer | Dec 29, 2014 12:34:49 PM

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