Well, the good folks at Oxford University Press have unveiled The New Oxford American Dictionaryâ€™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.