The American Dialect Society (meeting in Portland in conjunction with the Linguistic Society of America) has selected nominees in the various categories for the 2011 Word of the Year. You can check out the full list here (PDF) or here (HTML).
[Update: The winner of the ADS Word of the Year is occupy. The press release, with the winners in the different categories, is here (PDF). My own wrap-up is here (with video), and Geoff Pullum's is here.]
As chair of the ADS New Words Committee, I had the privilege of presiding over the (always lively) nominating session. Those who followed the back-and-forth here on whether or not phrases should be considered for Word of the Year (Geoff Pullum says no; I say yes) will be pleased to know that the debate continued in person, though I don't get the feeling that Geoff won many converts to his point of view. He did, however, make a strong case for his favorite word of the year, assholocracy.
The final votes in all categories will take place tonight (Friday) at 5:30 pm PT in Salon I/II/III at the Executive Tower of Hilton Portland (catty-corner to the main hotel building where most of the LSA action is taking place). LSA attendees (and interested members of the public who happen to be in Portland) are welcome to attend and participate. Those who are unable to attend can follow the action via Twitter at @americandialect (using the #woty11 hashtag), though spotty wi-fi reception in the conference room may hamper the live-tweeting.