Ben Zimmer: WOTY on Morning Edition

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Ben Zimmer was on NPR's Morning Edition today — "American Dialect Society To Choose Word Of The Year":

Lovers of the English language are coming together to select the coolest word or phrase. Last year, app was voted the word of the year by the American Dialect Society. Now that group of etymologists, writers, historians and other language experts are considering new words for 2011. Linguist Ben Zimmer talks to Renee Montagne to offer his picks for 2011.

And Ben did a longer interview with Leonard Lopate on 12/13/2011, "The Words of 2011":

Wordsmith Ben Zimmer talks about the year in words—from "occupy" to "supercommittee" to "bunga bunga" to "tiger mother." He'll also look at some of the phrases, like "leading from behind" and "win the future" to tell us what the national vocabulary reveals about 2011.


  1. Joyce Melton said,

    December 16, 2011 @ 7:18 pm

    I personally think "occupy" deserves great consideration as word of the year. I would consider it a frontrunner.

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