Oxford’s word of the year is…the most boring word ever

Well, the good folks at Oxford University Press have unveiled The New Oxford American Dictionary’s Word of the Year for 2006. And it ain’t anything cute or even elegant.

It’s carbon neutral. I am yawning just typing it. Head to Oxford if you want the definition.

Their reasoning for choosing such a dud? Oxford’s Erin McKean, editor of the OAD, writes:

We know that people love fun, flashy words like truthiness … but we are always looking for a word that is both reflective of the events and concerns of the past year and also forward-looking: a word that we think will only become more used and more useful as time goes on.

OK … I guess.

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