Archive for December, 2011

December 19, 2011

Words of the Years Revisited

Not all “educated opinion” ages well.

See what you think.

An excerpt from a list of the ADS [American Dialect Society] Words of the Year, along with Time’s Person of the Year:

1995 ADS: (tie) World Wide Web and newt. Time: Newt Gingrich.

1996 ADS: mom, as in soccer mom. Time: David Ho, AIDS researcher.

1997 ADS: millennium bug. Time: Andy Grove, Intel CEO.

1998 ADS: e-. Time: Bill Clinton, Ken Starr.

1999 ADS: Y2K. Time: Jeff Bezos, founder of

2000 ADS: chad, scrap of paper punched from a voting card. Time: George W. Bush.

2001 ADS: 9/11. Time: Rudolph Giuliani.

2002 ADS: weapons of mass destruction, WMD. Time: The Whistleblowers (three women).

2003 ADS: metrosexual. Time: The American.

2004 ADS: red state, blue state, purple state. Time: George W. Bush.

2005 ADS: truthiness, popularized by Stephen Colbert. Time: Bono and Melinda and Bill Gates, the good Samaritans.

2006 ADS: plutoed, diminished or demoted, like the planet Pluto. Time: You, user of the Internet.

More here.

December 17, 2011

Not Nearly So Tasty…

as a Fish Fry. But nowadays more ubiquitous, so they say.

‘Vocal Fry’ Creeping Into U.S. Speech (Hit the mp3 linkl!)


I played this 78 (“Saturday Night Fish Fry”, parts 1 and 2) as a teenager (yes it was old even then!)

 Now, the women was screamin’ and jumpin’ and yellin’,
The bottles was flyin’ and the fish was smellin’;
And way up above all the noise they made,
Somebody hollered, “Better get out of here; this is a raid!”
Now, I didn’t know we was breakin’ the law,
But somebody reached up and hit me on the jaw,
They had us blocked off from the front and the back,
And they was puttin’ ’em in the wagon like potatoes in a sack.
Saturday Night Fish Fry, (1949), lyrics


December 16, 2011

I can has language play: Construction of Language and Identity in LOLspeak

Pretty darn interesting (counterintuitively).

I can has language play: Construction of Language and Identity in LOLspeak