January 14, 2005

Cunning Linguists

The Linguistic Society of America has named “Santorum” the Most Outrageous Word of the Year for 2004. The only problem? The word was around well before this year- in fact, Dan Savage coined the term around the time of the senator’s infamous anti-gay comments, which were published in April of 2003. In fact, I named Santorum the “Frothy Mixture of the Year” during my year-end awards for ‘03.

Then again, the LSA’s pick for “Word of the Year,” “Red State/Blue State/Purple State,” is at least four years old.

Posted by Stephen Silver at January 14, 2005 01:34 AM
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