For the second year in a row, Merriam-Webster OnLine is asking readers to vote for the Word of the Year; in 2006, as you may recall, the winner was "truthiness." This year they're limiting the field to a list of 20 words that they've selected "from frequent hits to Merriam-Webster OnLine and some popular submissions to Merriam-Webster's Open Dictionary." (Here's two: "facebook," and "subpoena". I'm tellin' ya, those dictionary people know how to party).
So we were thinking, why should dictionary aficionados have all the fun? This here web site has been around a little more than two years, and we have yet to choose a Word of the Year. So if you're up for it, let's see some nominations, and we can vote on an overall winner later in the month. Just to get the ball rolling, we'll offer as possible nominations:
• The Balls.
No real rules, just nominate a word you would like to see dipped in bronze and forever associated with Deadspin. It can be from 2006 if you like, or even two words, such as "nightmare fuel," if you think that's appropriate. But It probably shouldn't be a profanity, because that would look awkward on the plaque.
(Ed. Note: It can be a profanity.)
Vote ForThe 2007 Word Of the Year [Merriam-Webster OnLine]