Monday, December 20, 2010
War of Words: Refudiate v. Austere, Which One is Word of the Year?
By Kase Wickman
on Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 9:00 AM
of the year or a that
of the year.
M-W's selection process is based on searches to their website, often in the wake of news stories ("shellacking," "moratorium," and "socialism" also got top-10 honors), while Oxford bestows honors based on "lex appeal" and the word's notoriety.
It is, essentially, the difference between TIME magazine dubbing Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg "Man of the Year" over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange: Pageviews versus topicality.
What say you, O Daily RFT readers? Refudiate or austere? Zuckerberg or Assange? Do you feel austere about refudiation?
It's that time of year again, the season where you can take two steps without stumbling over a year-end list, a