Language and Humor

American English Word of the Year (WOTY)

These are new words and words in the news in the United States since 1990. They’re often related to technology and politics. See also UK and Australian English Words of the Year.

Click on a year in the table below to jump to more information and some also-rans.

Summary of Winners
Year / SourceAmerican Dialect Society (ADS) (archive)Merriam-Webster
(by increase in online lookups) (archive)
Oxford Dictionaries U.S. (archive)Webster’s New World College Dictionary (archive)
2014[Expected January 2015][Expected December 2014]to vape / vape
2013becausescienceselfie
2012hashtagTie: socialism & capitalismto GIF
2011occupypragmaticsqueezed middle
2010appausterityto refudiate
2009tweet / to tweetto admonishto unfrienddistracted driving
2008bailoutbailouthypermilingto overshare
2007subprimew00tlocavoregrass station
2006to pluto / to be plutoedtruthinesscarbon neutralCrackberry
2005truthinessintegritypodcastinfosnacking
2004red state, blue state, purple stateblogchavadultescent
2003metrosexualdemocracytransparency
2002weapons of mass destruction (WMDs)job spill
20019-11tween
2000chadsenior moment
1999Y2K[None]
1998e-e-
1997millennium bugpaparazzi
1996momshapeshifter
1995Tie: World Wide Web & newt
1994Tie: cyber & to morph
1993Information Superhighway
1992Not!
1991mother of all
1990Bushlips
2000sto google
1990sweb
20th Centuryjazz
2nd Millenniumshe
2014 Word of the Year
Rank / SourceAmerican Dialect Society (ADS) (archive)Merriam-Webster
(by increase in online lookups) (archive)
Oxford Dictionaries Joint WOTY (archive)
WOTY[Expected January 2015][Expected December 2014]to vape / vape
to use a nicotine e-cigarette [electronic cigarette] (also applied to marijuana use) / attributive noun for compounds like vape shop (clipping of vaporize or vapor / vapour)
Also-Rans2. [Expected January 2015][Expected December 2014]budtender
a salesperson at a marijuana dispensary (blend of [marijuana] bud and bartender)
3. [Expected January 2015][Expected December 2014]slacktivism
easy online effort for a cause, such as retweeting on Twitter, changing one’s profile photo to a relevant one, or signing an online petition (blend of slacker and activism)
2013 Word of the Year
Rank / SourceAmerican Dialect Society (ADS) (archive)Merriam-Webster
(by increase in online lookups) (archive)
Oxford Dictionaries Joint WOTY (archive)
WOTYbecause
used before a word or phrase for reasons / rationales instead of because +[clause] or because of +[noun / noun phrase] (used as in “because science” or “because boring”)
science
partially from continued debates over climate change and the role of science in society
selfie
self-portrait photo, often taken with a cellphone and posted to websites like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram
Also-Rans2. Obamacare
(formerly mostly pejorative) nickname for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, which aimed to reduce the number of Americans without health insurance, with a website that went online October 1, 2013 (blend of [President Barack] Obama and health care)
2. cognitive
partially from concern over brain damage due both to concussions in athletes of America’s National Football League (NFL) and National Hockey League (NHL) and to traumatic brain injuries in American military veterans
to binge-watch
to view recorded visual entertainment in marathon viewing sessions, especially episodes of a television show after a season or more has finished and usually via DVD, DVR, or online streaming, further encouraged by Netflix releasing the full season at the same time for each of its original series (based on binge-eat, etc.)
3. slash
uttering the word for the written substitution ( / ) for the coordinating conjunction or, also used for and/or and for so (used as in “Do you want to come over and play video games slash watch a movie?” or “I’m bored, slash let’s go do something”)
3. rapport
partially from damage to U.S. relations with ally nations due to the revelation of wiretapping of foreign leaders by the National Security Agency (NSA)
to twerk
sexually suggestive, somewhat squatting dance; especially from pop singer Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop” music video, video released June 19, 2013, and her performance with Robin Thicke on the MTV Video Music Awards, August 25, 2013 (possibly derived from work it, twitch, jerk, and/or footwork)
2012 Word of the Year
Rank / SourceAmerican Dialect Society (ADS) (archive)Merriam-Webster
(by increase in online lookups) (archive)
Oxford Dictionaries U.S. (archive)
WOTYhashtag
a hash sign (#, in America outside of computing: the number sign before a numeral [#1] and the old-fashioned pound sign after a numeral [1# = 1 lb] or on the modern telephone “pound key”) followed originally by an organizing topic category (tag) on sites like Twitter but later also by commentary, comedic asides, etc.
Tie:

socialism

captalism
both words from their use in the 2012 U.S. presidential campaign

to GIF
to make a static or animated GIF image, especially for an Internet meme (acronym for Graphic Interchange Format)
Also-Rans2. marriage equality
legalization of same-sex marriage, with all the rights of opposite-sex marriage
2. touché
partially from its incorrect use by contestant Kat Edorsson on the American reality TV show Survivor (from French for ‘touched’ [past participle of verb toucher], used in fencing to concede a literal touch by the opponent’s weapon)
Super PAC
political campaigning organization that can accept unlimited contributions but can’t coordinate with candidates or political parties (blend of super and PAC [acronym for Political Action Committee])
3. YOLO
said or written to justify ill-advised actions; from the 2011 hip hop song “The Motto” by Drake (acronym for You Only Live Once)
3. bigotYOLO
said or written to justify ill-advised actions; from the 2011 hip hop song “The Motto” by Drake (acronym for You Only Live Once)
2011 Word of the Year
Rank / SourceAmerican Dialect Society (ADS) (archive)Merriam-Webster
(by increase in online lookups) (archive)
Oxford Dictionaries Joint WOTY (archive)
WOTYoccupy
from Occupy Wall Street and other Occupy movements in Autumn 2010 to protest the political influence of corporations and the superrich
pragmatic
from the realistic point of view that people presumably want from politicians
squeezed middle
the middle class, who neither receive government assistance nor are wealthy enough to easily pay taxes; from British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband
Also-Rans2. FOMO
anxiety from trying to keep up with what everyone is sharing and discussing on social-media sites (acronym for Fear of Missing Out)
2. ambivalence
mixed feelings, including for the Republican Party candidates for the 2012 presidential state primaries
Arab Spring
Spring 2010 protests and revolutions in various Arab countries, including the ousting of leaders in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya (term based on 1968 Prague Spring)
3. the 99% / 99 percenters
people lacking financial / political power compared to the superrich 1%
3. insidiousoccupy
from Occupy Wall Street and other Occupy movements in Autumn 2010 to protest the political influence of corporations and the superrich
2010 Word of the Year
Rank / SourceAmerican Dialect Society (ADS) (archive)Merriam-Webster
(by increase in online lookups) (archive)
Oxford Dictionaries U.S. (archive)
WOTYapp
computer program / software for a user task (clipping of [computer / online] application)
austerity
from European government austerity measures
to refudiate
from Sarah Palin’s use on Twitter, July 18, 2010 ([probably confused] blend of refute and repudiate)
Also-Rans2. to nom (PDF)
onomatopoeia for enjoyable eating (often om nom nom)
2. pragmaticretweet / to retweet
a reposting of / to repost what someone has posted (tweeted) on Twitter
3. junk
(as in
  • junk shot: pushing debris into an oil well’s blowout preventer to clog it; from strategy against British Petroleum’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, announced May 10, 2010
  • junk status: non-investment status; from Standard & Poor’s downgrading of Greece’s credit rating / bond rating, April 27, 2010
  • (don’t touch my) junk: male genitals; from California air traveler John Tyner’s “If you touch my junk, I’m going to have you arrested” before a proposed pat-down by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), November 13, 2010)
3. moratorium
legal delay of activity; from President Barack Obama’s six-month moratorium on new permits for deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, issued May 30, 2010
webisode
episode of a video Web series or online video extra episode of a television series (blend of Web [clipping of World Wide Web] and episode)
2009 Word of the Year
Rank / SourceAmerican Dialect Society (ADS) (archive)Merriam-Webster
(by increase in online lookups) (archive)
Oxford Dictionaries U.S.1 (archive)Webster’s New World College Dictionary (archive)
  • 1Oxford Dictionaries U.S. also had:
    • Twitter-related Word Clusters: Twitterati, Twitterverse / Twittersphere, Retweet, etc.
    • Obamaism Word Clusters: Obamanomics, Obamacracy, Obamalypse, etc.
WOTYtweet / to tweet
a posting / to post on Twitter
to admonish
from U.S. House of Representatives’ proposed response to Rep. Joe Wilson’s “You lie!” during President Barack Obama’s speech of September 9, 2009
to unfriend
to delete someone from a social-media friends list, as on Facebook
distracted driving
from using digital devices
Also-Rans2. a fail / fail! (PDF)
from online gamer usage
2. emaciatedhashtag
a hash sign (#, in America outside of computing: the number sign before a numeral [#1] and the old-fashioned pound sign after a numeral [1# = 1 lb] or on the modern telephone “pound key”) followed by an organizing topic category (tag) on sites like Twitter
cloud computing
doing computer applications online instead of on one’s computer
3. H1N1
swine-flu virus; from the subtype of influenza-A virus that became pandemic in 2009 (named for the types of hemagglutinin protein [H] and neuraminidase enzyme [N] on the surface of the virus)
3. empathysexting
(blend of sex[ual] and texting)
wallet biopsy
assessing a patient’s ability to pay in recommending medical services
2008 Word of the Year
Rank / SourceAmerican Dialect Society (ADS) (archive)Merriam-Webster
(by increase in online lookups) (archive)
Oxford Dictionaries U.S. (archive)Webster’s New World College Dictionary (archive)
WOTYbailout
from U.S. financial-sector bailout
bailout
from U.S. financial-sector bailout
hypermiling
trying to get extremely good gas mileage
to overshare
to give out too much personal information
Also-Rans2. Barack Obama (PDF)
(both names used as combining forms, as in Obamamania: excitement over Obama’s candidacy)
2. to vet
to evaluate someone’s qualifications, etc. (clipping of veterinarian or veterinary surgeon)
moofer
(short for Mobile Out of OFfice worker)
leisure sickness
hypothetical condition for people, such as workaholics, who tend to get sick during downtime, perhaps due to stress hormones
3. lipstick on a pig
superficially making something bad look good; from presidential candidate Barack Obama’s use against Senator John McCain and Sarah Palin’s platform, September 9, 2008
3. socialism
possibly from the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign
topless meeting
business meeting that bans laptop computers, cellphones, and PDAs
selective ignorance
specialization as a response to information overload by not reading every E-mail, news blog, etc. that you could
2007 Word of the Year
Rank / SourceAmerican Dialect Society (ADS) (archive)Merriam-Webster
(by increase in online lookups) (archive)
Oxford Dictionaries U.S. (archive)Webster’s New World College Dictionary (archive)
WOTYsubprime
(as in subprime mortgage: higher-cost loan on a home to a higher-risk consumer; from high default rates on them partially causing the Global Financial Crisis of 2007)
w00t
yay! (woot with zeros, as in leet [l33t] speak; possibly an acronym for We Owned the Other Team)
locavore
eater of local foods (blend of local and herbivore / carnivore)
grass station
a gas / petrol station for ethanol, perhaps made from switch grass
Also-Rans2. Facebook / to Facebook (PDF)
related to the social-network culture of Facebook
2. to facebook
to use Facebook, to search for someone on Facebook, etc.
cougar
older woman who goes after younger men romantically
freegan
eater of disposed-of food (blend of free and vegan)
3. Googlegänger
someone with the same name as another, discovered via Google Internet search (blend of Google and doppelgänger)
3. conundrumsocial graph
friend network on Facebook, etc.
God particle
hypothetical Higg’s boson subatomic particle
2006 Word of the Year
Rank / SourceAmerican Dialect Society (ADS) (archive)Merriam-Webster
(by increase in online lookups) (archive)
Oxford Dictionaries U.S. (archive)Webster’s New World College Dictionary (archive)
WOTYto pluto / to be plutoed
demoted; from the reclassification of Pluto from “planet” to “dwarf planet” by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), August 24, 2006
truthiness
preferring things that feel true over known facts; from Steven Colbert’s use on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, beginning with the premiere episode, October 17, 2005 (video)
carbon neutral
goal of balancing carbon emissions and reductions / tree plantings
Crackberry
addictive portable digital device or the addict (blend of crack [cocaine] and BlackBerry [PDA brand])
Also-Rans2. climate canary (PDF)
sensitive organisms whose climate-related deaths predict larger trouble (based on canary in the coal mine)
2. to google
to use a Web search engine, such as Google
DRM
technologies for copyright protection of digital media (abbreviation of digital rights management)
carbon footprint
environmental impact of fossil fuels
3. prohibited liquids
fluids banned on airlines in the U.S., under tighter restrictions
3. decider
from President George W. Bush’s use to describe his leadership
funner
(regularization of the noun-turned-adjective fun [usually more fun])
netroots
online political / business marketing (blend of net [clipping of Internet] and grassroots)
2005 Word of the Year
Rank / SourceAmerican Dialect Society (ADS) (archive)Merriam-Webster
(by increase in online lookups) (archive)
Oxford Dictionaries U.S. (archive)Webster’s New World College Dictionary (archive)
WOTYtruthiness
preferring things that feel true over known facts; from Steven Colbert’s use on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, beginning with the premiere episode, October 17, 2005 (video)
integritypodcast
audio (and later also video) online show or blog that can be downloaded to computer or MP3 player, such as an iPod (blend of iPod and broadcast)
infosnacking
brief periods of web surfing, personal E-mail, etc. at work
Also-Rans2. Katrina (PDF)
related to Hurricane Katrina, which hit Louisiana and Mississippi on August 29, 2005, and to the government emergency-response
2. refugee
possibly from the War in Darfur, Sudan
lifehack
way to make everyday task more efficient
perfect storm
from use in media coverage of Hurricane Katrina (from the 1991 Perfect Storm popularized by the 1997 book The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea by Sebastian Junger and the 2000 film adaptation The Perfect Storm)
3. Tie:

heck of a job
from President George W. Bush’s “Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job” to praise Michael D. Brown, director of the criticized Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) after Hurricane Katrina, September 2, 2005

intelligent design (ID)
idea that life was created by an intelligent being, an idea that some people want taught in U.S. public-school science classes instead of or in addition to evolution; from, for example, the 2005 U.S. District Court case Tammy Kitzmiller, et al. v. Dover Area [Pennsylvania] School District, et al. (PDF of decision)

3. contemptto squick
to cause revulsion
portafuel
somewhat healthier snack food for energy
2004 Word of the Year
Rank / SourceAmerican Dialect Society (ADS) (archive)Merriam-Webster
(by increase in online lookups) (archive)
Oxford Dictionaries Joint WOTY (archive)Webster’s New World College Dictionary (archive)
WOTYred state, blue state, purple state
U.S. states voting Republican, Democratic, and mixed, respectively
blog
([noun] clipping of weblog)
chav
derogatory term for obnoxious, lower-class British youth who wear real or fake designer clothes (probably derived from the Romany word chavo ‘boy, youth’ or chavvy ‘baby, child’)
adultescent
immature-acting adult (blend of adult and adolescent [adult is from the past participle of Latin adolescere, ‘to grow up’, and adolescent is from the present participle])
Also-Rans2. wardrobe malfunction (PDF)
unexpected public exposure of one’s body; from Janet Jackson’s Superbowl XXXVIII halftime-show controversy, February 1, 2004
2. incumbent
probably from the 2004 U.S. elections
[Unknown]nutraceutical
dietary supplement, etc. that isn’t regulated as tightly as drugs are (blend of nutrition and pharmaceutical)
3. flip-flopper
politician who changes positions on issues; from incumbent President George W. Bush’s criticism of opponent candidate Senator John Kerry
3. electoral
probably from the 2004 U.S. elections
[Unknown]shoppertainment
experience provided by shopping malls with movie theaters, nightclubs, etc. (blend of shopping and entertainment)
2003 Word of the Year
Rank / SourceAmerican Dialect Society (ADS) (archive)Merriam-Webster
(by increase in online lookups) (archive)
Webster’s New World College Dictionary (archive)
WOTYmetrosexual
fashion-conscious straight male (blend of metropolitan and heterosexual)
democracytransparency
giving the public access to information in government / business
Also-Rans2. SARS
(acronym for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)
2. quagmire
predicament; from the idea of getting stuck in a lengthy war in Iraq reminiscent of the Vietnam War
[Unknown]
3. pre-emptive self-defense
attacking first before the enemy can; related to the 2003 Iraq War
3. quarantine
possibly related to SARS outbreak
[Unknown]
2002 Word of the Year
Rank / SourceAmerican Dialect Society (ADS) (archive)Webster’s New World College Dictionary (archive)
WOTYweapons of mass destruction (WMDs)
hunted for in Iraq before and during the 2003 Iraq War
job spill
work done during usual free time
Also-Rans2. to google
to use a Web search engine, such as Google
[Unknown]
3. blog
([noun] clipping of weblog)
[Unknown]
2001 Word of the Year
Rank / SourceAmerican Dialect Society (ADS) (archive)Webster’s New World College Dictionary (archive)
WOTY9-11
September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks
tween
preteen child approximately 8–12 years old (semi-blend of teen and between)
Also-Rans2. burka
from the 2001 War in Afghanistan and the lives of Muslims in the U.S.
[Unknown]
3. homeland
from the newly established Office of Homeland Security, announced September 20, 2001 (PDF p. 25; Department of Homeland Security since November 25, 2002), and references by the Bush administration to the U.S. as the homeland
[Unknown]
2000 Word of the Year
Rank / SourceAmerican Dialect Society (ADS) (archive)Webster’s New World College Dictionary (archive)
WOTYchad
piece punched out, or not totally so (“hanging chad”) of a voter card; from Florida 2000 U.S. presidential election recount
senior moment
episode of senior-citizen forgetfulness
Also-Rans2. muggle
someone without magical powers, by extension: an ordinary or uninspired person; from the Harry Potter books, first published in the U.S. in 1998
[Unknown]
3. dot bomb
failed dot-com company after the 1990s’ dot-com boom
[Unknown]
1999 Word of the Year
Rank / SourceAmerican Dialect Society (ADS) (archive)Webster’s New World College Dictionary (archive)
WOTYY2K
year 2000 (abbreviation of Year 2 Kilo [thousand], as in kilobyte)
[None]
Also-Rans2. dot-com
Internet-based company; from the fact that originally only commercial websites ended in .com (spelling out of .com top-level domain)
[None]
3. to cybersquat
to register a useful Internet domain name to sell later, such as a brand name or a celebrity’s name
[None]
1998 Word of the Year
Rank / SourceAmerican Dialect Society (ADS) (archive)Webster’s New World College Dictionary (archive)
WOTYe-
(prefix for electronic, as in e-commerce)
e-
(prefix for electronic, as in e-commerce)
Also-Rans2. sexual relations
from President Bill Clinton’s “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky” about the Monica Lewinsky scandal, January 26, 1998
[Unknown]
3. is
from President Bill Clinton’s “It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is” to explain in his grand-jury testimony how he had not lied about denying a sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky because the relationship was already in the past, August 17, 1998
[Unknown]
1997 Word of the Year
Rank / SourceAmerican Dialect Society (ADS) (archive)Webster’s New World College Dictionary (archive)
WOTYmillennium bug
defect of computer clocks treating “00” as the year 1900 instead of 2000 due to the memory-saving shortcut of using only two digits for years
paparazzi
pushy freelance photographers that pursue celebrities; probably from the paparazzi-fleeing death of Diana, Princess of Wales, August 31, 1997 (Italian plural of paparazzo, from the surname of that sort of character in the 1960 Italian film La Dolce Vita)
Also-Rans2. -[r]azzi
(combining suffix from paparazzi, as in
  • stalkerazzi: aggressive photographers of celebrities for tabloid newspapers; partially from the paparazzi-fleeing death of Diana, Princess of Wales, August 31, 1997
  • videorazzi: aggressive videographers of celebrities for tabloid TV shows)
[Unknown]
3. Tie:

jitterati
coffee enthusiasts (blend of jitter and literati)

road rage
motorist aggression

[Unknown]
1996 Word of the Year
Rank / SourceAmerican Dialect Society (ADS) (archive)Webster’s New World College Dictionary (archive)
WOTYmom
(as in soccer mom: mother, especially middle-class and suburban, of school-age children who drives them to after-school activities like soccer; from interest in such voters by both parties in the 1996 U.S. presidential campaign)
shapeshifter
a form-changing creature, a view-changing politician
Also-Rans2. alpha geek
the most technically / technologically proficient person at work (based on alpha male [as with wolves])
[Unknown]
3. drive-by
used for brief medical events (as in drive-by labor and drive-by mastectomy [probably based on drive-by shooting])
[Unknown]
1995 Word of the Year
Rank / SourceAmerican Dialect Society (ADS) (archive)
WOTYTie:

World Wide Web

newt
from Newt Gingrich, who became the U.S. Speaker of the House after the Republicans gained a majority in the 1994 midterm elections and quickly launched bold changes (as in Newtspeak)

Also-Rans2. E.Q.
(abbreviation of emotional quotient; based on I.Q. [intelligence quotient])
3. postal / to go postal
behaving violently from being disgruntled; from a number of workplace shootings by disgruntled U.S. Postal Service employees
1994 Word of the Year
Rank / SourceAmerican Dialect Society (ADS) (archive)
WOTYTie:

cyber
related to computers or the Internet (as in cyberspace)

to morph
to use CGI or traditional animation to change an image, such as changing one image into another by creating intermediate forms (clipping of metamorphose)

Also-Rans2. challenged
used for showing undesired conditions (as in vertically challenged instead of short)
3. to gingrich
to behave like Newt Gingrich, who became the U.S. Speaker of the House after the Republicans gained a majority in the 1994 midterm elections and quickly launched bold changes
1993 Word of the Year
Rank / SourceAmerican Dialect Society (ADS) (archive)
WOTYInformation Superhighway
the Internet
Also-Rans2. McJob
boring, low-paying job; partially from use in the 1991 novel Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture by Douglas Coupland (blend of [fast-food restaurant] McDonald’s and job)
3. quotative like
marker of direct quotation (used as in “I was like ‘What?’ and he was like ‘Aren’t you listening?’”)
1992 Word of the Year
Rank / SourceAmerican Dialect Society (ADS) (archive)
WOTYNot!
humorous delayed negation (as in “That’s a good idea. Not!”); popularized by the 1992 movie Wayne’s World
Also-Rans2. grunge
messy / shabby clothing style (extension of the grunge style of rock music [back-formation of grungy])
3. snail mail
traditional, slow mail, as opposed to E-mail
1991 Word of the Year
Rank / SourceAmerican Dialect Society (ADS) (archive)
WOTYmother of all
ultimate; from Saddam Hussein’s use (in Arabic) at the start of the 1991 Persian Gulf War (translation of Arabic Um al-Mar’rik, ‘Mother of All Battles’)
Also-Rans2. in your face
confrontational
3. rollerblade
inline roller skate (from the brand name)
1990 Word of the Year
Rank / SourceAmerican Dialect Society (ADS) (archive)
WOTYBushlips
hollow talk from a politician; from presidential candidate George H.W. Bush’s promise of “Read my lips: No new taxes” on accepting his party’s nomination at the 1988 Republican National Convention, August 18, 1988, eventually followed by new “revenue enhancements” after he was elected
Also-Rans2. notebook PC
laptop computer (notebook and abbreviation of personal computer)
3. politically correct (PC)
concerned with, or thought overly concerned with, preventing offense to women and minority groups or fixing wrongs against them
2000s Word of the Decade
Rank / SourceAmerican Dialect Society (ADS) (archive)
WOTDto google
to use a Web search engine, such as Google
Also-Rans2. blog (PDF)
([noun] clipping of weblog)
3. 9/11
September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks
1990s Word of the Decade
Rank / SourceAmerican Dialect Society (ADS) (archive)
WOTDweb
(clipping of World Wide Web)
Also-Rans2. e-
(prefix for electronic, as in e-commerce)
3. way
used to contradict someone’s surprised “No way!”; popularized by the 1992 movie Wayne’s World
20th Century Word of the Century
Rank / SourceAmerican Dialect Society (ADS) (archive)
WOTCjazz
Also-Rans2. DNA
(abbreviation of deoxyribonucleic acid)
3. cool
slang for excellent
2nd Millennium Word of the Millennium
Rank / SourceAmerican Dialect Society (ADS) (archive)
WOTMshe
feminine personal pronoun, which ended similarity of old feminine and plural forms
Also-Rans2. science
3. the