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.?