There's No 'Cyan' in Word Ball

By: E&P Staff It was widely reported earlier this week that a linguists group had chosen ?red/blue/purple state? as the Word of the Year. Recognizing that this was a phrase, not a word, there was some sentiment among judges to vote for ?cyan? instead.

But do you know what the runners-up were in the American Dialect Society voting? Try ?wardrobe malfunction? and ?flip-flopper.? Other finalists: ?meet-up? and ?mash up.?

Last year's winner: "metrosexual."

Back in 2002, ?blog? was chosen most likely to succeed. This year the winner for most creative was ?pajamadeen.?

?Badly sourced? won for most euphemistic.


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