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(PCWorld)   "Unfriend" beats out "hypermiling", "locavore", "paywall", "hashtag" and "carbon neutral" to become the OED 2009 Word That Will Sound Like Total Gibberish By 2012   (pcworld.com) divider line 177
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2009-11-17 10:52:37 AM
Unpossible!
 
2009-11-17 10:58:16 AM
I'm not normally against new technology terms. After all, Google and Facebook are both common nouns and verbs anymore. But I think 'hashtag' has got to be one of the most idiotic 'words' I have ever heard.
 
2009-11-17 11:00:04 AM
unfriend, twofriend, redfriend, bluefriend.
 
2009-11-17 11:03:06 AM
I'm so glad "sexting" didn't win. I hope whoever started using that dies in a fire.
 
2009-11-17 11:10:23 AM
Yeah, just like:

1910 double jeopardy
1911 phone number
1912 vitamin
1917 camouflage
1918 multinational
1919 peace rally
1920 T-shirt
1924 gangland
1925 superstar
1926 fridge
1927 non-stick
1928 fat cats
1930 genome
1932 seat belt
1933 power politics
1934 Gestapo
1935 pizza
1936 male chauvinism
1939 atom-splitting
1940 Mae West
1942 news conference
1944 DNA
1947 bikini
1948 TV
1950 big bang
1952 Generation X
1953 teleconference
1958 film noir
1959 hair spray
1969 microchip
1970 Big Mac
1972 Watergate
1976 PIN number
1978 satellite dish
1979 karaoke
1983 liposuction
1984 shopaholic
1987 to email
1991 ethnic cleansing
1992 off-message
1993 DVD
1994 metrosexual
1996 Viagra
1998 to Google
1999 blogger
2000 bling
2001 9/11
 
2009-11-17 11:29:50 AM
Perfectly cromulent words.
 
2009-11-17 11:48:15 AM
Larger list of nominees:

Technology

hashtag - a # [hash] sign added to a word or phrase that enables Twitter users to search for tweets (postings on the Twitter site) that contain similarly tagged items and view thematic sets

intexticated - distracted because texting on a cellphone while driving a vehicle

netbook - a small, very portable laptop computer with limited memory

paywall - a way of blocking access to a part of a website which is only available to paying subscribers

sexting - the sending of sexually explicit texts and pictures by cellphone

Economy

freemium - a business model in which some basic services are provided for free, with the aim of enticing users to pay for additional, premium features or content

funemployed - taking advantage of one's newly unemployed status to have fun or pursue other interests

zombie bank - a financial institution whose liabilities are greater than its assets, but which continues to operate because of government support

Politics and Current Affairs

Ardi - (Ardipithecus ramidus) oldest known hominid, discovered in Ethiopia during the 1990s and announced to the public in 2009

birther - a conspiracy theorist who challenges President Obama's birth certificate

choice mom - a person who chooses to be a single mother

death panel - a theoretical body that determines which patients deserve to live, when care is rationed

teabagger -a person, who protests President Obama's tax policies and stimulus package, often through local demonstrations known as "Tea Party" protests (in allusion to the Boston Tea Party of 1773)

Environment

brown state - a US state that does not have strict environmental regulations

green state - a US state that has strict environmental regulations

ecotown - a town built and run on eco-friendly principles

Novelty Words

deleb - a dead celebrity

tramp stamp - a tattoo on the lower back, usually on a woman
 
2009-11-17 11:51:38 AM
doubleplusungood!
 
2009-11-17 11:55:57 AM
DjangoStonereaver: doubleplusungood!

Plusthis.
 
2009-11-17 11:56:05 AM
Bollocks
 
2009-11-17 11:56:55 AM
poppycock
 
2009-11-17 11:57:22 AM
meh 2012 we could really use it right about now everything is looking like crap right now or going down hill
 
2009-11-17 11:57:48 AM
intexticated

I would have guessed that was similar to drunk dialing.
 
2009-11-17 11:58:13 AM
RTFA Subby, Some of those that were 'beat out' we previous years' winners.
 
2009-11-17 11:58:32 AM
I was walking around my neighborhood when I happened upon a car. The rear bumper had a sticker saying, "Beware, Hypermiler" or some crap like that... I interpretted it to mean " Please slash my tires, key me and break all the windows and lights".
 
2009-11-17 11:59:05 AM
intexticated

If I ever hear this word spoken aloud, I will be forced to write someone a very disapproving letter or something equally unpleasant.

/ITG
 
2009-11-17 11:59:21 AM
dahmers love zombie: Larger list of nominees:

I think the only one of those with any shelf life is "tramp stamp", and that only because eventually these skanks will be 60 and too poor to get them laser-removed.
 
2009-11-17 11:59:37 AM
ne2d: 1991 ethnic cleansing

It was one hell of a year....
 
2009-11-17 12:01:12 PM
How do you beat netbook? It's a type of thing. It's like saying cell phone or something. I guess anymore a netbook is just a cheap laptop though.
 
2009-11-17 12:01:13 PM
DjangoStonereaver: doubleplusungood!

Orwell here we come!
 
2009-11-17 12:01:34 PM
"Unfriend"?

Meh.
 
2009-11-17 12:02:21 PM
dahmers love zombie: tramp stamp - a tattoo on the lower back, usually on a woman

They just added this in '09? That's some top-notch reporting...
 
2009-11-17 12:02:26 PM
I hate when they arbitrarily embiggen the dictionary.
 
2009-11-17 12:03:55 PM
Can we just get rid of "bling" and "blog"?

/hate those words
 
2009-11-17 12:05:10 PM
Ah yes, locavore. Meaning: person who eats food grown relatively locally in a misguided belief that it's better for the environment to do so.
 
2009-11-17 12:07:17 PM
sxacho: intexticated

If I ever hear this word spoken aloud, I will be forced to write someone a very disapproving letter or something equally unpleasant.

/ITG


Having commited this crime (texting while drunkety, not using the word),I feel better knowing that it is such a common occurrance that there is a word for it, no matter how annoying.

/will never use the word
 
2009-11-17 12:07:53 PM
madmann: Perfectly cromulent words.

And you kiss your mother with that mouth?
 
2009-11-17 12:09:11 PM
I was expecting hashtag to have something to do with this (new window). Guess I'm out of the loop.

StarshipPooper: I was walking around my neighborhood when I happened upon a car. The rear bumper had a sticker saying, "Beware, Hypermiler" or some crap like that... I interpretted it to mean " Please slash my tires, key me and break all the windows and lights".

Just let a few pounds of air out of all the tires to knock their mileage back down.

this is a joke, and anyone who responds telling me it's dangerous is outing himself as a farkwit
 
2009-11-17 12:09:16 PM
MyRandomName: I hate when they arbitrarily embiggen the dictionary.

I love it. Just improves my Boggle skills.
 
2009-11-17 12:13:03 PM
ne2d: Yeah, just like:

1910 double jeopardy
1911 phone number
1912 vitamin
1917 camouflage
1918 multinational
1919 peace rally
1920 T-shirt
1924 gangland
1925 superstar
1926 fridge
1927 non-stick
1928 fat cats
1930 genome
1932 seat belt
1933 power politics
1934 Gestapo
1935 pizza
1936 male chauvinism
1939 atom-splitting
1940 Mae West
1942 news conference
1944 DNA
1947 bikini
1948 TV
1950 big bang
1952 Generation X
1953 teleconference
1958 film noir
1959 hair spray
1969 microchip
1970 Big Mac
1972 Watergate
1976 PIN number
1978 satellite dish
1979 karaoke
1983 liposuction
1984 shopaholic
1987 to email
1991 ethnic cleansing
1992 off-message
1993 DVD
1994 metrosexual
1996 Viagra
1998 to Google
1999 blogger
2000 bling
2001 9/11


Ugh...really? 'PIN number' was a word of the year?
 
2009-11-17 12:13:32 PM
Hogswallop and balderdash. I'll cornnobble the lot of those crusty Oxford fellows.
 
2009-11-17 12:13:57 PM
I prefer "defriend" myself -- that's the right prefix for removing something odious.
 
2009-11-17 12:14:39 PM
WTF is hypermiling? Sounds like something a hyperchondriac would make up after reading through the archives if WebMD.
 
2009-11-17 12:16:28 PM
GQueue: Ah yes, locavore. Meaning: person who eats food grown relatively locally in a misguided belief that it's better for the environment to do so.

Food that walked 50 miles IS better for the environment that food that walked 500 miles (or would walk 500 more). It's called entropy. Go be stupid somewhere else.

i can has prescriptivist dictionaries that don't pull stupid advertising stunts like this?

Or some kind of official federal dictionary that requires an act of Congress to change. That would be bliss.

whistleridge: I'm not normally against new technology terms. After all, Google and Facebook are both common nouns and verbs anymore. But I think 'hashtag' has got to be one of the most idiotic 'words' I have ever heard.

'Anymore' is for negative statements. Promise that you won't misuse it anymore.

StarBob: How do you beat netbook? It's a type of thing. It's like saying cell phone or something. I guess anymore a netbook is just a cheap laptop though.

You too. Stop sounding like a redneck idiot. Don't say it anymore.

Notebook and netbook are idiot words for laptop. It's not a farking book. It's a computer. Mead makes notebooks. Dell makes laptop computers. Some of which are small. They are NOT BOOKS.

Now get off my lawn.
 
2009-11-17 12:17:09 PM
sboyle1020: MyRandomName: I hate when they arbitrarily embiggen the dictionary.

I love it. Just improves my Boggle skills.


Unfortunately, it'll be a few years before they're allowed in Scrabble TM.

/glad QI and ZA got added with the last dictionary, along with WEBLOG and FEMINAZI, among others
//scrabble geek
 
2009-11-17 12:17:40 PM
you have pee hands: I was expecting hashtag to have something to do with this (new window). Guess I'm out of the loop.

StarshipPooper: I was walking around my neighborhood when I happened upon a car. The rear bumper had a sticker saying, "Beware, Hypermiler" or some crap like that... I interpretted it to mean " Please slash my tires, key me and break all the windows and lights".

Just let a few pounds of air out of all the tires to knock their mileage back down.

this is a joke, and anyone who responds telling me it's dangerous is outing himself as a farkwit


Actually as they generally keep their tires overinflated, and inspect their vehicle for such things upon every entry into their vehicle to make sure they maximize every single ounce of gas, you'd achieve nothing but making them put more air in their tires. (Probably using a gas run generator, hahah )
 
2009-11-17 12:17:43 PM
Farkwaddle: WTF is hypermiling? Sounds like something a hyperchondriac would make up after reading through the archives if WebMD.

It's those asshats that drive 20 miles below the speed limit and go from 0 to 60 in five hours after leaving a red light because they want to "save" 25 cents on their gas even though they probably cost you 20 dollars in time wasted.

Oh, and they like to shut off their engine while on the road "driving" because they're so selfish and can only think about themselves before they plow into someone else because their power brakes don't work anymore.
 
2009-11-17 12:17:46 PM
BunkoSquad: dahmers love zombie: Larger list of nominees:

I think the only one of those with any shelf life is "tramp stamp", and that only because eventually these skanks will be 60 and too poor to get them laser-removed.


*Sigh* I got my lower back tat well before it became commonplace. As much as I love my tattoo, I regret it's placement. What I have going for me is that it is not a butterfly, rose or tribal/thorn band. I have a 6 inch tall vertical thistle; I am having 8" two lions rampant added on either side... hoping it takes it out of tramp stamp category.

/not a skank
 
2009-11-17 12:18:12 PM
sboyle1020: MyRandomName: I hate when they arbitrarily embiggen the dictionary.

I love it. Just improves my Boggle skills.


make sure you use all those acceptable Scottish words. They hae tae accept them syne they are in the dictionary, ya skellum.
 
2009-11-17 12:18:15 PM
TsukasaK: madmann: Perfectly cromulent words.

And you kiss your mother with that mouth?


Yeah, but I kiss most people's mothers with it, so it's OK. It's not like I'm singling her out for punishment.
 
2009-11-17 12:18:16 PM
www.jinx.com

Available at JINX.com
 
2009-11-17 12:20:36 PM
SketchyDetails: RTFA Subby, Some of those that were 'beat out' we previous years' winners.

...which gives me hope. I don't recall having heard or read "locavore" before, so maybe this will fade away too.
 
2009-11-17 12:22:58 PM
Farkwaddle: WTF is hypermiling? Sounds like something a hyperchondriac would make up after reading through the archives if WebMD.

Not sure if you're actually asking but I saw a special on 20/20 or 60 minutes about it back when gas was over $4. The entire segment was some douche and his hypermiling. It's actually pretty dangerous. Like they won't hit their brakes when going around a curve or turning to conserve gas, throwing the car in neutral whenever possible, drafting behind tractor trailers, etc.
 
2009-11-17 12:23:56 PM
apeiron242: Food that walked 50 miles IS better for the environment that food that walked 500 miles (or would walk 500 more). It's called entropy. Go be stupid somewhere else.

One usually comes in small amounts in a small truck. The other comes over rail in absolutely massive quantities or by large truck in quantities at least 50 times the amount the local farmer brings. "50 miles versus 500 miles" is why you people are simplistic idiots. And entropy? Holy lord god, you have no idea what you're talking about.

I'm all for supporting local farmers (it's nice to know where your food actually came from and how it was grown) and love farmer's markets because the produce is usually a day or two fresher than what you can find at the grocery store but I'm under no delusion that it's better for the environment. On a per-unit basis, it's actually most likely worse for the environment.
 
Ral
2009-11-17 12:24:32 PM
"carbon neutral" is two words.
 
2009-11-17 12:24:36 PM
choice mom - a person who chooses to be a single mother


You 'aven't got a womb! Where's the baby gonna gestate, in a box?
 
2009-11-17 12:25:29 PM
StarshipPooper: Farkwaddle: WTF is hypermiling? Sounds like something a hyperchondriac would make up after reading through the archives if WebMD.

It's those asshats that drive 20 miles below the speed limit and go from 0 to 60 in five hours after leaving a red light because they want to "save" 25 cents on their gas even though they probably cost you 20 dollars in time wasted.

Oh, and they like to shut off their engine while on the road "driving" because they're so selfish and can only think about themselves before they plow into someone else because their power brakes don't work anymore.


Sounds like the perfect recipe for death to me. Either by road rage from those around you or simply being obliterated in your gay-arsed Prius. I'm pretty sure there are a few "Bubba's" around here who would make it their personal mission in life to make sure no one drives like that on the local roads. They'd probably have little stickers on their trucks indicating how many kills they've made.
 
2009-11-17 12:29:17 PM
Ral: "carbon neutral" is two words.

9/11 is a pair of numbers and a slashie.

/slashie
 
2009-11-17 12:29:54 PM
ne2d: Yeah, just like:

1910 double jeopardy
1911 phone number
1912 vitamin
1917 camouflage
1918 multinational
1919 peace rally
1920 T-shirt
1924 gangland
1925 superstar
1926 fridge
1927 non-stick
1928 fat cats
1930 genome
1932 seat belt
1933 power politics
1934 Gestapo
1935 pizza
1936 male chauvinism
1939 atom-splitting
1940 Mae West
1942 news conference
1944 DNA
1947 bikini
1948 TV
1950 big bang
1952 Generation X
1953 teleconference
1958 film noir
1959 hair spray
1969 microchip
1970 Big Mac
1972 Watergate
1976 PIN number
1978 satellite dish
1979 karaoke
1983 liposuction
1984 shopaholic
1987 to email
1991 ethnic cleansing
1992 off-message
1993 DVD
1994 metrosexual
1996 Viagra
1998 to Google
1999 blogger
2000 bling
2001 9/11


Anyone else surprised by 1952 - Generation X?
 
2009-11-17 12:29:57 PM
Farkwaddle: Sounds like the perfect recipe for death to me. Either by road rage from those around you or simply being obliterated in your gay-arsed Prius. I'm pretty sure there are a few "Bubba's" around here who would make it their personal mission in life to make sure no one drives like that on the local roads. They'd probably have little stickers on their trucks indicating how many kills they've made.

Even their ideas that actually make sense, like coasting to a red light if you know it's not going to turn green before you get there instead of flooring it then slamming on the brakes, seem to drive other people batshiat insane. I couldn't imagine trying to coast down a hill under the speed limit with the engine off in traffic.
 
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