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“Blow It Out Your Barracks Bag!” Here’s a List of Military Slang Words and Phrases Used by American Soldiers Serving in WWII

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

Why 'Dumpster Fire' Was 2016 Word of the Year

Language mavens with the American Dialect Society have selected their 2016 Word of the Year: "dumpster fire."

This list of every 'Word of the Year' is like taking a trip through time

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

And The American Dialect Society’s Word of the Year for 2016 is….

Ok, technically it's two words. The post And The American Dialect Society’s Word of the Year for 2016 is…. appeared first on RedState.

The American Dialect Society's Incredibly Accurate Word Of The Year Is 'Dumpster Fire'

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.

'Dumpster fire' is 2016 American Dialect Society word of the year

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’ Is 2016’s Word Of The Year

“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

It's official — the 2016 Word of the Year is 'dumpster fire'

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

"Among the New Words"

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 […]

Why the Singular Use of ‘They’ Was Voted the Word of the Year by the American Dialect Society

11 months agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

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 […]

Comma Queen: The Singular “Their,” Part Two—A Gender-Neutral Pronoun

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

At Last, They Has Arrived!

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

Everyone Uses Singular 'They,' Whether They Realize It Or Not

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

That’s Just What They Would Say

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

That’s What Zhe Said: As Genders Blur, Language is Rapidly Adapting

The English language, from titles to pronouns, is in the process of adapting to new cultural attitudes about gender. On January 8 the American Dialect Society announced “they” as its 2015 Word of the Year. Some may be surprised thatShow More Summary

"They" Wins! American Dialect Society Announces 2015 Word of the Year

Bowie, prefiguring linguistic ch-ch-ch-ch-changes since the '70s. But I wonder if he was an "ammosexual?" 360b / Shutterstock.com Over the weekend, word got out that the U.S.'s premier linguistic society voted to award the singular "they"...Show More Summary

That’s what zhe said: As genders blur, language is rapidly adapting

last yearNews : The Raw Story

On January 8 the American Dialect Society announced “they” as its 2015 Word of the Year. Some may be surprised that the common pronoun beat out newcomers “on fleek” and “ammosexual.” But “they” didn’t win because of the way it’s traditionally been used as a plural pronoun. Rather, it won because of...

Gender-Neutral Pronoun “They” Named Word Of The Year

last yearLGBT / Gay : NewNowNext

On Friday, the American Dialect Society named "They," used as a singular, gender-neutral pronoun, its Word of the Year in a landslide vote.

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