The New York Times recently featured a piece on the staying power of the word “truthiness,” coined by Stephen Colbert in 2005. The word has made its way into the New Oxford American Dictionary this year for the first time, but its first validation came in 2005 at the annual meeting of the American Dialect Society, where it was voted Word of the Year.
The words that are in contention for Word of the Year are published in the American Dialect Society’s official journal, American Speech, in a special section based on words or terms that dominated the national discourse. Recent contenders were Bromance, Obamarama, First Dude, Dracula sneeze, and Sexting. For definitions of these words or more information about the Word of the Year contest, click here and download the PDF.