Winning Word of the Year 2007
The Committee's choice for Word of the Year 2012 is:
noun the downloading of large quantities of data to an MP3 player or memory stick from a computer.
Pod slurping has an inventive and sensuous appeal. The committee felt that the most important criterion for word of the year should be linguistic creativity and evocativeness, rather than simple worthiness or usefulness. Pod slurping also dips its lid to pod, a potent little word of our times.
The Committee would like to give honourable mentions to the following:
noun the tendency to give immediate attention to incoming messages such as email, text messages, etc., resulting in constant distraction and a corresponding drop in the recipient’s attention levels and work performance. [info(rmation) + ‐ mania] ‐ infomaniac, noun ‐ infomaniacal, adjective
noun the carbon dioxide emissions for which an individual or organisation can be held responsible, as by their travel, fuel consumption, diet, energy requirements, etc.
And the People's Choice Award, as voted by the public, goes to:
noun a level of frustration reached by having too many different passwords to remember, resulting in an inability to remember even those most commonly used.
Password fatigue was the most popular word in the online voting, clearly registering a widespread dilemma of the online world.
To see all the fascinating words that were under consideration this year, click on the category links below. The most popular words in each category were:
Carbon Terms: carbon footprint
Eating and Drinking: tart fuel
The Environment: food mile
Fashion: arse antlers
General Interest: password fatigue
Health: incidental exercise
Online: cyber cheating
Politics: Great Firewall of China
Social Scene: slummy mummy
Specialist Terms: facial mapping
Check out some of the media coverage in response to the choice of pod slurping:
'Pod slurping' word of the year for 2007 | Paul Carter | SMH
'Pod slurping' is Australia's new favourite word | Nick Squires | The Telegraph (UK)