It’s time to take a look back and see which words and phrases captured the zeitgeist of 2010.

Many language groups have nominated their words of the year. Will any of them survive past January?

UWA linguist Daniel Midgley names his picks on this week’s Talk the Talk.


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Oxford University Press: ‘big society’
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/nov/24/big-society-oxford-word-2010

Oxford American Dictionary: ‘refudiate’
http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/refudiate-oxford-dictionary-recognises-mangled-palinism-20101116-17uvt.html

Palin compared herself to Shakespeare:
http://www.news.com.au/world/sarah-palin-creates-word-controversy-compares-herself-to-shakespeare/story-e6frfkyi-1225893820324

but didn’t invent the word.
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=2490

Why not check out the Urban Dictionary’s list? It’s where I found ‘hit the slide’.
http://www.urbandictionary.com/woty.php

And here’s the Macquarie Dictionary site, where you’ll be able to vote for your favourite word for 2010.
http://www.macquariedictionary.com.au/anonymous@9191F86871834/-/p/dict/index.html?