Linguist, lexicographer, radio host, public speaker

What are your words of the year for 2011?

Over the next week I’m polishing the Big List I’ve been gathering all year for my eighth annual words-of-the-year piece for the New York Times. What words or phrases shouldn’t I miss? Ideal entries will be newish (they don’t have to be brand new) or newly important, widely used or widely discussed, or they should be so significant that the merest mention of the word brings to mind larger or important events. Send them along to and I’ll share the full list when I’ve diffed and refined it.

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Grant Barrett