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  • n. Debt acquired through normal financial transactions which later proves to have little or no actual value

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  • Yeah but.
    Those words are all far older than 2008.

    February 8, 2009

  • Over at the American Dialect Society, someone was less than impressed with the shortlist:
    "Gee, this is pretty disappointing. You think of Oz you think of all that hearty slang like 'bogan', 'tin-arsed', 'bludger', ''within cooeeof' and such like, but this is all stunt words & media portmanteaux. I did have hopes for 'toad buster' but then I looked it up and discovered it just means somebody who busts toads."
    - Geoff Nunberg, ADS Forum, 7 Jan 2009.

    February 8, 2009

  • Fascinating stuff - thanks, kewpid & bilby!

    February 5, 2009

  • Sorry about this long post of the short-listed words and the various categories of the MD woty 2008:

    ENTERTAINMENT
    machinima
    mockbuster
    webcom
    car crash TV
    verbatim theatre

    BUSINESS
    animateur
    moral hazard
    freeconomics
    GFC
    toxic debt

    COLLOQUIAL
    toad buster
    bromance
    fanta pants
    bff
    dub-a-dub-dub

    COMMUNICATIONS
    internet roaming
    lifestreaming
    QR code
    sexting
    textaholic

    ECOLOGY
    bioplastic
    ecocentrism
    ecolabel
    ecotheology
    conservation tillage

    ENVIRONMENT
    bioethanol
    global commons
    guerilla gardener
    plastic soup
    water footprint

    FASHION
    ear gauging
    lace eyelashes
    mouth grills
    pimp cup
    scene kid

    EATING AND DRINKING
    black tomato
    guerilla dining
    kiwi berry
    shisha tobacco
    yuzu

    GENERAL INTEREST
    Wii shoulder
    nomophobia
    twitterverse
    sugging
    shwopping

    GENETICS
    directional selection
    divorce gene
    hybrid embryo
    saviour sibling
    supergene

    HEALTH
    baby brain
    bionic eye
    brain bank
    dysthymia
    personal medical alarm

    INTERNET
    celeblog
    click-and-mortar
    extreme programming
    linkbait
    lolcat

    LAW
    Brendan's law
    collaborative law
    lawfare
    patent troll
    transformative justice

    POLITICS
    climate porn
    pod person
    climate wars
    environmental equity
    wholesale politics

    SOCIAL INTEREST
    bullycide
    celebutard
    fur child
    generation Z
    helicopter parenting

    SPECIALIST
    water splitting
    mirror matter
    audiation
    GIS
    Torino scale

    SPORT
    chess boxing
    chicken-wing tackle
    adventure running
    roller trainer
    tunnelling

    TECHNOLOGY
    uberveillance
    electronic whiteboard
    fire cam
    PODS
    terminator technology

    TOURISM
    connoisseur tourism
    flashpacker
    granny season
    film tourism
    wellness tourism

    February 5, 2009

  • Macquarie Dictionary's 2008 word of the year. It is two words.

    February 4, 2009