“Plutoed” Voted 2006 Word of the Year; YouTube Most Likely to Succeed as a Verb

The American Dialect Society voted “plutoed” as the word of the year, in a run-off against climate canary. To pluto is to demote or devalue someone or something, as happened to the former planet Pluto when the General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union decided Pluto no longer met its  definition of a planet.

In a companion vote, sibling organization the American Name Society voted Pluto as Name of the Year for 2006. Macaca was runner-up.

Word of the Year: to pluto/be plutoed: to demote or devalue someone or something, as happened to the former planet Pluto when the General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union decided Pluto no longer met its definition of a planet. Others in contest:

  • murse: man’s purse

  • surge: increase in troops 

  • climate canary

  • prohibited liquids:

  • flog: a blog that flacks product

  • YouTube

  • macaca/macaca moment

Most Useful: climate canary: an organism or species whose poor health or declining numbers hint at a larger environmental catastrophe on the horizon. Others in contest:

  • data Valdez: an accidental release of a large quantity of private or privileged information.

  • flog: a fake blog created by a corporation to promote a product or a television show. 

  • sharrow: an arrow-like design painted on a roadway to mark a bicycling route. 

  • boomeritis: afflictions or injuries of Baby Boomers, caused by their age.

Most Likely to Succeed: YouTube: as a verb, to use the YouTube web site or to have a video of one’s self be posted on the site.  Others in contest:

  • carbon: in combining forms about reducing waste emissions, used as shorthand for air pollution. 

  • the decider: with the definite article, a person who makes decisions for other decisionmakers, as spoken by President George W. Bush. 

  • macaca moment: an ethnic or racial gaffe caught on video. 

  • m-, man-, men- as “man-fixes” in compounds and blends such as moobs, manboobs, murse, man purse, mancation, man crush, manmaries, menaissance, etc. 

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