Got any idea what the word of the year is?
Many readers may not be aware there is such a thing. There are various groups and organizations that publish these lists every year.
Collins Dictionary recently put out its list and guess what’s the No. 1 word for 2015?
It’s “binge-watch.” This is the word for when viewers watch programs, especially those in a series, in succession.
For example, watching an entire series of a favorite program on Netflix or some other outlet in a short amount of time. That’s binge-watching.
It is pretty great to watch without commercial interruptions, particularly when stuck indoors after the sun abandoned us and was replaced with rain.
Another word that made the list this year is “dadbod.” This refers to a father whose body is untoned and slightly plump, presumably around the middle.
That seems mean, but the definition added that often the dad is attractive.
Another word on the list, “shaming,” refers to embarrassing someone or a particular group publicly, especially by using social media to do so.
This is disturbing. More so since, by making the list, it seems to make the word and what it represents sound acceptable.
Social media can be amazing, but it can also be a vicious platform for cowards to spew hate.
“Clean eating” also made the list. Since I am all for advocating for wholesome food void of harmful additives and chemicals, the fact that people are aware of this term, makes me happy and hopeful.
Ever heard of “ghosting?” I hadn’t, but apparently this is when someone is trying to break up with a person. Instead of saying so, they distance themselves, slowly withdrawing from the other’s life.
That is terrible, and almost as bad as sending a text message to break up with someone, which I understand is also a thing.
Also on the list is “manspreading.” This refers to when men take up too much room with their legs on mass transportation in order to avoid sitting close to someone. In other words, taking up too much of a seat. Who comes up with these words?
I thought it would be interesting to revisit some of the top words from past years.
Back in 2009, the word of the year was “tweet.” How funny back then that word seemed so odd and now it is just an everyday part of our vernacular.
In 2010, the word of the year was “app.” Again, who would have thought we would all one day say, “there is an app for that,” and sure enough, there is.
In 2012, the word of the year was “hashtag.” The word sort of makes me chuckle since us old school people called the hashtag symbol the “pound sign.” I guess that just didn’t sound cool enough.
Way back in 1999, the top word was “Y2K.” That prompted me to think back to that year.
The news was all abuzz about the rolling over of the clock and what it might mean for our computers, phones, etc.
It was actually sort of scary to think about. I remember we had friends over that New Year’s Eve.
When the final countdown occurred, we wondered if our computers would shut off or, at the very least, would the electricity go out.
Thankfully, nothing happened and Y2K turned out to be highly overrated. Nonetheless, that entire year we all talked about it, so I can see why it was the No. 1 word.
I love words, language trends and pretty much anything having to do with writing. I do feel for those learning the English language and how difficult it must be when factoring in trend words and phrases.
My main concern, however, is how does my favorite board game Scrabble weigh in on all of this?
It is not fair to have words of the year that aren’t in the dictionary, #protest #challengescrabble.
Adlen Robinson is author of “Home Matters: The Guide to Organizing Your Life and Home.” E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.