Friday, January 04, 2008
2007 Words of the Year
Merriam-Webster had listed the ten top words for 2007. The top word is w00t. (With middle zeroes, not Os.) W00t means to "express joy," similar in use to the word "yay." A further explanation from MW:
"This year's winning word first became popular in competitive online gaming forums as part of what is known as l33t ("leet," or "elite") speak—an esoteric computer hacker language in which numbers and symbols are put together to look like letters. Although the double "o" in the word is usually represented by double zeroes, the exclamation is also known to be an acronym for 'we owned the other team'—again stemming from the gaming community."
My favorite word on the list is blamestorm: "Sitting around in a group, discussing why a deadline was missed or a project failed, and who was responsible."
When a writers' group brainstorm doesn't work, one year later ya get blamestorm.
Another writer's word--sardoodledom: "Mechanically contrived plot structure and stereotyped or unrealistic characterization in drama."
Sardoodledom in a novel can definitely lead to a blamestorm between author and publishing house.
Here's the complete list.