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Vote now! Buzzwords of 2008

Written By: daveski on December 22, 2008 1 Comment

It’s that time of year, when we take stock of how language has changed along with all the events of the year. Lots to talk about this time around with global financial crisis, presidential elections, changing climates, and another year of crappy Bay Area sports teams. (sorry, A’s fans, it’s true…)

Have you heard about “edupunk”? Know what “terrorist fist jabs” are ? (or maybe you already do ’em?) Do you call everyone you know “Joe”? Mark Liebovich at the NY Times has an article out that reviews these and other words in a pithy way (buzzwords are, he says, “secret passwords for the chattering class”). I found the word-art illustrations by Jessica Hische to be interesting too–is this a 2008 visual style, or just one that gives you a lot of space to draw in the middle?

Anybody know any 2008 buzzwords in other languages, or in Englishes outside the U.S.?

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One Response to “Vote now! Buzzwords of 2008”

  1. Usree Bhattacharya on: 22 December 2008 at 3:33 pm

    What a fascinating article, daveski, thanks for bringing it to our attention. The illustrations are awesome, as you said! Time magazine has a top ten list of 2008 buzzwords here and also check out the Most Confusing High Tech Buzzwords of 2008.

    I can think of one that was VERY popular in the Indian media during the Mumbai terror attacks: recce. That one drove me insane: I find it elitist and grating.

    I’ll look for more.

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