• Sat, Jan 5 2013

Which 2012 “Word Of The Year” Candidate Do You Hate The Most?

YOLO

The good people at the American Dialect Society have narrowed down the most execrable portmanteaus we have managed to invent this year into a barely tolerable list. Whether it’s an example of just how lazy memes can get or a reminder of some of the most brutal, least compassionate aspects of our society, every one of these phrases is more hateable than the last. Which one do you think we should feel the most ashamed for creating?

Fiscal cliff
Gangnam style
Mansplaining
Cray-cray
Superstorm
Self-deportation
Ratchet
Legitimate rape
Phablet
Meggings
Butt-chugging
YOLO
Hashtag (this year’s official winner)
-mageddon
Binders full of women
Hate-watching
Obamacare

Last year’s Word of the Year was “Occupy.” The year before that was “app.” Does that make you feel worse, or better? Are you working on an app right now? Is it any good? Do you have any funding yet? If you have additional candidates to nominate or interesting apps to describe, please do so in the comments.

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