The American Dialect Society gets a nice shout-out in Tuesday's New York Times crossword. More than a shout-out, in fact: the puzzle is actually ADS-themed. Subscribers to the Times crossword can download the puzzle in Across Lite format or as a PDF. After you've solved it, you can read my commentary in the NYT's Wordplay […]
Whales and dolphins (Cetaceans) live in tightly-knit social groups, have complex relationships, talk to each other and even have regional dialects - much like human societies.
A tribe is defined as “a social division in a traditional society consisting of families or communities linked by social, economic, religious, or blood ties, with a common culture and dialect.” Everyone has their own version of a tribe or the group where they feel like they belong. It’s an everyday occurrence to see various […]
Below is a guest post by Larry Horn, based on a note submitted to the American Dialect Society's mailing list. The topic is the the slaves-as-immigrants flap occasioned by Ben Carson’s reference in his recent remarks characterizing slaves as immigrants who worked particularly hard for particularly low wages. Given the opportunity to “walk back” his remarks a […]
Starting as early as 1941, correspondents began reporting and discussing military slang in the pages of American Speech, the journal of the American Dialect Society. Here’s a list of some of the soldiers’ language that they saw emerging during and immediately after the war. Ack-Ack. Show More Summary
Language mavens with the American Dialect Society have selected their 2016 Word of the Year: "dumpster fire."
Hashtag. Metrosexual. Occupy. Those three words have one thing in common — they've all been named "Word of the Year." Every year since 1990, members of the American Dialect Society have gathered at their annual convention — once called "the Super Bowl of linguistics" — to crown the word that defined the year. Show More Summary
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These words capture the zeitgeist of 2016 in a variety of categories.
The word of the year (phrase of the year?) for 2016 according to ADS is...'dumpster fire,' and really, it couldn't be more accurate.
The press release is here: In its 27th annual words of the year vote, the American Dialect Society voted for dumpster fire as the Word of the Year for 2016. Defined as “an exceedingly disastrous or chaotic situation,” the term dumpster fire was selected as best representing the public discourse and preoccupations of the past […]
“Dumpster fire” has been chosen by the American Dialect Society to be the word of the year in 2016. The phrase, which is meant to convey a cataclysmic situation and which is synonymous with terms like “train wreck” and “shitshow,” has become one of the most popular phrases to describe 2016. Show More Summary
Defined as “an exceedingly disastrous or chaotic situation”
It's a fitting end to one of the most topsy-turvy years in recent memory. "Dumpster fire" has been declared 2016's Word of the Year. One word simply wasn't enough for the American Dialect Society, a group of linguists, lexicographers,...Show More Summary
Ben Zimmer, Jane Solomon, and Charles Carson, "Among The New Words", American Speech May 2016: In this installment we continue our consideration of items nominated at the American Dialect Society’s 2015 Word of the Year proceedings […] The overall winner is considered here: they used as a singular third-person pronoun, a gender-neutral (or “epicene”) alternative […]
I think you should call people what they want to be called Mary Norris, known as the “Comma Queen” at the New Yorker, addressed the recent American Dialect Society announcement that the singular “they” was their Word of the Year and how to use the word as a singular noun. A lot of people thought […]
In January, the American Dialect Society named the humble pronoun “they,” used as a singular pronoun—along with its inflected siblings “them” and “their”—as the 2015 Word of the Year. This was an endorsement not of the singular “their”...Show More Summary
A few weeks ago, the American Dialect Society announced the 2015 Word of the Year: the singular "they." (Lest anyone doubt the authority of the American Dialect Society, let me point out that its "word-of-the-year" event is "the word-of-the-year...Show More Summary
Talk about belated recognition. At its meeting in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 7, theAmerican Dialect Society voted to make the 600-year-old pronoun "they" their word of the year for 2015. Or more precisely, a particular use of that pronoun...Show More Summary
This post originally appeared on Sean Carroll's blog, Preposterous Universe. The announcement we wait for every year has finally come in, and the American Dialect Society has chosen their Word of the Year! That word is: they. It beat...Show More Summary