It’s a new year, and that means it’s time for our Word of the Year round-up.

What words tripped on our tongues, tickled our ears, and zeited our geist in 2014?

Linguist Daniel Midgley can’t even on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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What about Words of the Year in other languages?
http://www.metafilter.com/146219/Words-of-the-Year-of-the-World
http://mentalfloss.com/article/61119/13-words-year-other-countries

Firstable
http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/yes-firstable

Oxford Junior Dictionary’s replacement of ‘natural’ words with 21st-century terms sparks outcry
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jan/13/oxford-junior-dictionary-replacement-natural-words

Margaret Atwood Protests Removal of Nature Words From Oxford Junior Dictionary
http://www.themarysue.com/oxford-junior-dictionary-letter/

Removal Of Nature Words From Children’s Dictionary Sparks Outrage
http://io9.com/removal-of-nature-words-from-childrens-dictionary-spark-1679420156

I think they’re engaging in the Appeal to Nature fallacy
http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Appeal_to_nature

Other fallacies on the PBS Idea Channel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qb-h0sXkH4

Your logical fallacy is…
https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com

Daniel Dennett on how to argue well
http://boingboing.net/2013/05/22/daniel-dennet-on-how-to-argue.html

Alan Metcalfe announces the WotY voting in the Chronicle of Higher Education
http://chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2015/01/08/d-day-for-woty/

The hashtag was #woty14
https://twitter.com/hashtag/woty14?src=hash

The nominations
http://www.americandialect.org/wp-content/uploads/2014-WOTY-nominations.pdf

Die-in looked like a favourite, and it didn’t even make the list.
http://www.npr.org/2014/12/28/373319644/die-in-vortex-selfie-stick-whats-the-word-of-2014

NYT: At the Super Bowl of Linguistics, May the Best Word Win
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/18/style/at-the-super-bowl-of-linguistics-may-the-best-word-win.html

The winners!
http://www.americandialect.org/2014-word-of-the-year-is-blacklivesmatter

I Can’t Even
http://youtu.be/8ruJBKFrRCk

The Baest Bae to Ever Bae: Bae Isn’t Just a Noun Anymore
http://www.slate.com/blogs/lexicon_valley/2015/01/22/that_s_so_bae_not_just_a_noun_anymore_here_s_how_bae_gets_used_as_a_verb.html

Ben Zimmer, on ‘salty’
http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-salty-word-with-a-promising-future-1421427784

‘Man-spreaders’
http://time.com/3595497/man-spreaders-men-legs-new-york-subway/

Ophelia Benson: Subway manspreaders told to close their legs
http://freethoughtblogs.com/butterfliesandwheels/2014/12/subway-manspreaders-told-to-close-their-legs/

How Not to Be ‘Manterrupted’ in Meetings
http://time.com/3666135/sheryl-sandberg-talking-while-female-manterruptions/

Having “the Talk” #blacklivesmatter
http://www.cagle.com/2013/07/the-talk/

Was the ADS vote too American for you? Voting is still open for the Macquarie Word of the Year.
https://www.macquariedictionary.com.au/news/view/article/216/
https://twitter.com/search?q=%23macqwoty&src=typd

List of Words of the Year

Nancy Friedman
http://nancyfriedman.typepad.com/away_with_words/2014/12/words-of-the-year-2014-fritinancy-edition.html

Guardian writers
http://www.theguardian.com/media/mind-your-language/2014/dec/23/2014-have-a-word-with-yourself

Grant Barrett, Dallas Morning News
http://ht.ly/GFCnY

My picks:

Sea-lioning
http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/sea-lioning

The original sea lion strip from Wondermark
http://wondermark.com/1k62/

Epicaricacy
http://www.worldwidewords.org/weirdwords/ww-epi3.htm


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