WOTY 2017

Hello from the LSA (#initialism)! The American Dialect Society had its Word of the Year vote last night, which came with some gems. (ADS writeup here; press release with all candidates and winners here.)

For starters, overall WOTY candidates included some nice productive affixation, a compound, and creative whomst:

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Emoji of the Year gets us an acronym, a lexemoji blend (a first for me), and, in response, another portmanteaux.

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Next up, a clipping:

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The Most Creative category was, unsurprisingly, quite creative: two good blends, creative use of -ity, and Milkshake Duck (a compound).

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And my favorite loser, on the model of -gate, –tarian, and –tastic:

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