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12-26-2010, 11:22 PM
For every word lover, this article offers a humorous twist on "the year in pictures words."


The Words of the Year

By SAM SIFTON (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/s/sam_sifton/index.html?inline=nyt-per) and GRANT BARRETT
Published: December 18, 2010

There are buzzwords and there are great words. (Retweet.)

Vuvuzela is a great word, one of the best to enter American popular culture in 2010, though it sounds nothing like an actual vuvuzela. A vuvuzela sounds like a long, droning moan, a sound full of garbage and tennis balls....

Close your eyes while someone blows a vuvuzela and you can see all this clearly, as if it were playing on a spill-cam over your Web browser at work. Open them and itís just a World Cup game highlight (speaking of great words: Uruguay vs. Ghana).

And the oil kept coming, all summer long, and with it new words ó top kill, static kill, bottom kill ó that meant failure, until at bottom they didnít. (There may be put-backs for mortgage bonds. It doesnít work so well with oil.)

Everyone was glad that the fish kill wasnít as bad as it might have been. Dispersants may have worked. But the blowout preventer did not.

Refudiate is almost a better word than vuvuzela, because itís not so much a real word as a neologism, one much of America attributes to Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska, who used it in a Twitter message in July. (She took a real shellacking for that.) The Oxford University Press called it the word of the year (http://blog.oup.com/2010/11/refudiate-2/)....

03-30-2011, 02:08 AM
Vuvuzela is a great word! It's fun to say, and almost as annoying as the thing itself.