The American Dialect Society's recognition of because as Word of the Year has sparked a number of intriguing linguistic arguments. In its innovative use, because can take a number of different parts of speech as its complement: nouns, adjectives, interjections, and even adverbs. (See Tyler Schnoebelen's Idibon post for some corpus analysis.) While Geoff Pullum […]
Yesterday on the American Dialect Society listserv, JSB wrote: In his news conference on the GWB (that is, Bridge) scandal, Gov. Christe used the word "I" or first person singular pronouns 273 times [Slate]. After some "teasing" about it, in his State of the Union message yesterday he used "we" or "we've" 97 times [NYTimes, […]
Last week, I followed up the news that “because” may now be used as a preposition by noting that the American Dialect Society had named it their Word of the Year. Now, in The New Republic, John McWhorter argues that the new preposition is used to signal empathy and warmth. (Related: Fiona Maazel on the dangers […]
As I feared, I didn't make it to the Word of the Year at the American Dialect Society yesterday. Here's the ADS press release. I'll ask around today for insights into the discussions, but am mostly relieved for the moment that twerk and selfie didn't win.
The American Dialect Society choose because as its Word Of The Year, and thereby provoked an argument, here and elsewhere, about parts of speech. Most dictionaries and grammars see words like for, in, since, etc. as variously prepositions, adverbs, conjunctions, or particles, depending on how they're used. Geoff Pullum argues that they're all always prepositions, […]
The American Dialect Society has named " because " its word of the year for 2013. What makes because special is its evolving usage. Where once "because" needed to be followed by "of" or a full clause, now it can be followed by a noun or other fragment.
The American Dialect Society has no qualms with celebrating the fun in words, and that?s why this list of nominations and winners is so great. It may appear that such a pretentious sounding foundation would be austere in its voting, but they included ?thigh gap? and then made sure to include ?box gap? as a synonymous version of the phrase. Click To Continue Reading
The American Dialect Society has voted "because" the Word of the Year for 2013, because "because is now being used in new ways to introduce a noun, adjective, or other part of speech." No matter how annoying you think it is, because is definitely very hot right now. Read more...
The American Dialect Society's 2013 Words of the Year (PDF) (voted on earlier this week -- "because" won, because Internet) had some fascinating entries.
A library in the Lebanese city of Tripoli has been burned down after rumors spread that one of its books contained a pamphlet insulting the Prophet Muhammad. The American Dialect Society has chosen “because” as its word of the year.Show More Summary
You may have heard that “because” is a preposition now, because Internet. What you may not have heard is that the American Dialect Society named “because” their Word of the Year. Their reasoning? The word’s new meaning allows us to omit full clauses, which makes it useful. (Hilariously, they also named Sharknado the “most unnecessary” […]
Via the New York Times: After a year dominated by upstart words like “selfie,” “bitcoin” and “twerk,” the American Dialect Society’s Word of the Year for 2013 seems slightly banal: “because.” Ben Zimmer, chairman of the dialect society’s...Show More Summary
Many people will be somewhat surprised that the American Dialect Society's "Word of the Year" choice was because in its use with a noun phrase (NP) complement. It seems to be unprecedented for a word in a minor category like preposition to be chosen rather than some emergent or fashionable word in one of the […]
Doing a little background research for my book yesterday, I stumbled across an issue of Dialect Notes from 1927, a publication of the American Dialect Society. In an article entitled “Dialect of the Underworld,” I discovered all sorts of fun stuff. Some examples (and you can explore for yourself here): “fall togs. n. Good clothes [...]
Benjamin Zimmer and Charles Carson of the American Dialect Society have released Among The New Words (American Speech, Vol. 88, No. 1, Pring 2013), and which lays down the lineaments of the invention and naming of the now mainstream...Show More Summary
I am feeling a bit proprietary about ‘hashtag’ these days, since Ben Zimmer of the American Dialect Society has researched the word and determined that I was the first to use it, back in 2007. As a result, I was shocked, shocked to learn...Show More Summary
The Worst Words of 2012 | The Hot Word | Hot & Trending Words Daily Blog at Dictionary.com: Although the coinage ‘hashtag’ was dubbed word of the year by the American Dialect Society (who also chronicled my role in that neologism), the...Show More Summary
hashtag (v.): to mark topics or make commentary on Twitter by means of a hash symbol (#) followed by a word or phrase. The American Dialect Society, the mother of all word-of-the-year-proclaiming outlets, elected hashtag as the most pivotal word of 2012 at their annual meeting in early January. Show More Summary
As we recently reported, the American Dialect Society picked hashtag as the word of the year for 2012. The dictionary folks at Merriam-Webster chose capitalism and socialism, based on the number of lookups those words got during the year. The team at Oxford American Dictionaries chose GIF. As the nominees for these contests are chosen [...]
MANY organisations pick a word of the year, but this blogger was too distracted by the holidays to notice most of the ones that were announced last year. In any case, I have always been partial to the American Dialect Society (ADS) awards, announced last week, but this year I have to admit that I wasn't impressed by many of the winners. Show More Summary