Another “word of the year” list

The American Dialect Society chose subprime as its word of the year. Subprime refers to those risky loans to people who do not qualify for the best rate.

The society chose Googleganger as the most creative word of the year. A Googleganger is a person who shows up when you Google yourself.

Here is a PDF of the society’s news release about the notable words of 2007. I like global weirding, an increase in unusual environmental activity attributed to global warming.

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