HUMOR IN AMERICAN POP LANGUAGE. by Don L. F. Nilsen and Alleen Pace Nilsen . The variety shown in these books reflects the wide range of interest in words and how we use them. . American Dialect Society’s Words of the Year Selected in January of 2013.
HUMOR IN AMERICAN POP LANGUAGE
by Don L. F. Nilsen
and Alleen Pace Nilsen
Dunlop Effect: “Belly done lop over Belt”
Etch a Sketch: relating to Romney
Legitimate Rape: Doesn’t result in Pregnancy
Marriage Equality: Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage
MOOC: Massive Open Online Course
Phablet: phone + tablet
YOLO: You Only Live Once
WORD OF THE YEAR:
#HASHTAG: Used on Twitter to mark a (trending) topic
NOTE: This looks like hashbrown potatoes
Recession: What we deny that we’re in
Airball: Someone who disrupts things but doesn’t do anything positive
Jingle-Mail: House keys in envelopes to be mailed to banks as the owners walk away from their mortgages
Nanomanagers: Micromanagers, but more so
Staycation: A vacation at home
THE WINNER WASBAILOUT: A word first associated with sinking ships
Each year, the American Dialect Society http://americandialect.org/ selects the words that have had the most impact during the previous year. Categories include:
As we discuss the runners up and the winners in each of these categories ask yourself these questions:
Bragabond: Someone who travels and brags a lot
Muffin top: Bulge of fat hanging over low-rider jeans
Only in the news for 2 days
Who created the names?
Was this mean spirited?
Was the timing too soon?
The airline was Korean. Were the names Korean or Chinese?
Blah blah blah.
Same old, same old.
Yadda yadda yadda.
AMERICAN DIALECT SOCIETY:
POP MATTERS (Iain Ellis):http://www.popmatters.com/pm/archive/contributor/118
REBELS WIT ATTITUDE (Iain Ellis): http://www.popmatters.com/pm/showcase/article/66658-rebels-wit-attitude/