January 15, 2005
Word of a Past Moment
--The American Dialect Society's 1990 Word of the Year, a kind of pun on "Bullshit" based on the President going back on that "Read My Lips No New Taxes" promise. An unfortunate winner, according to the author of this Slate article but for some reason the term has been rattling around in my head ever since I read it. This year it's "Red/Blue/Purple States". Unfortunately, "Santorum", this year's "Most Outrageous" winner, isn't getting picked up by the coverage in the mainstream press. The article also linked to this New Word Blog...it looks like they're careful to report more on words found in the wild, not cutesy neologisms that no one uses, which are the staple of Wired's Jargon Watch feature, for example.
Quote of the Moment
"A bad analogy is like a leaky screwdriver"