My own year in words
The energetic Grant Barrett and Sam Sifton have an article in The New York Times on the words of 2010. It is an excellent compilation, and whether you click on the link may depend on how much you care to be reminding of the year that is approaching its end.
My enterprise in the past year has had less to do with neologisms than with existing words that merit being lifted from relative obscurity. Since the limn crisis in September,* I have been posting each week at baltimoresun.com a word, with etymology and illustration, that may be unfamiliar to readers. They have all been excellent words, meriting a place in the sun:
And—a sneak peek at the next one—Otiose.
They’re collected in a gallery.
On the blog I’ve indulged in a weakness for British words not commonly uttered on these shores, such as kerfuffle and codswallop, despite a mild apprehension that I might be dragged before the House Committee on Un-American Language** and ordered to name names.
No doubt, dear ones, you have your own favorites. Would you like to share?
*No, God no, I am not going back there. You will have to look it up yourselves.
**If there isn’t one now, there probably will be in the next Congress.