Words of the Year

Each year, the American Dialect Society vote on what they call the “Word of the Year”. It might be a new word that was coined by a politician or singer, it might be a word that adopted a new meaning, or it might be an old word that suddenly surged in popularity. Sometimes the ‘word’ of the year is actually two words that, when put together, have a new meaning.
Since 1999, I have selected my own personal “Word of the Year”. Like the ADS, my choice can be a word I never heard before, or one that suddenly surged in popularity for me personally (for whatever reason). When two words seem to be vying for Word of the Year, I select one ‘winner’ and one runner-up.
Below are my “Words of the Year,” with brief explanations.
All words are clickable links.

YearWordDefinitionExplanationRunner-up (if any)DefinitionExplanation
1999FilmletA short film; generally under 40 or 60 minutes.Began using the term to describe the short films I create.
2000ViscosityThe property of resistance to flow in a fluid.Studied viscocity and used a viscometer in college.FlyboatA street in the city of Apple Valley.Put a down payment on a townhome on Flyboat Lane.
2001DenouementThe final outcome of the dramatic complications in a literary work.Learned the word in film class in college. Loved it.
2002GMP (Good Manufacturing Processes)The practices and systems required to be adapted in pharmaceutical industries.Began working in pharmaceutical industry.
2003Environmental MonitoringThe processes and activities that characterize and monitor the quality of a given environment.Began working part-time in microbiology department.
2004Big LakeA city in Minnesota, northwest of the Twin Cities metro area.Moved to Big Lake.DoulaA person who provides non-medical support to women and their families during labor, childbirth, and postpartum.My wife hired a doula during her pregnancy.
2005CephalohematomaA localized effusion of blood beneath the skull of a newborn due to the disruption of vessels during birth.My son was born with it.
2006Cognitive DissonanceThe discomfort caused by holding conflicting ideas or beliefs simultaneously.Realized this was a condition I'd had for about five years.Love BombingThe deliberate show of affection by an individual or group toward another individual motivated by the desire to recruit, convert, or influence.Finally was able to put a term to a practice I'd seen, oh, about ten thousand times.
2007ApraxiaA disorder of the brain and nervous system in which a person is unable to perform certain tasks or movements.My son was diagnosed with it.TheodicyPhilosophical attempts to rationalize a just, loving deity with the evil in the world.Read a lot about this in 2007.
2008GeocachingAn outdoor activity in which people use navigation techniques to hide and seek containers.A friend introduced me to this activity.
2009MatriculationThe formal process of being admitted to a college or university.Enrolled at Hamline University.
2010FirestormA conflagration which attains such intensity that it creates and maintains its own wind system.Visited Hinckley Fire Museum, and read a book about it.
2011DunnageMaterial used to protect and secure cargo during transport.Transferred to packaging department at work.
2012VoC (Voice of Customer)A business term used to describe an in-depth process of discovering a customer's wants and needs.Worked extensively on VoC initiatives at work.
2013Overton WindowThe range of ideas the public will accept.First heard this term at an Atheists' Conference.Comstockian LanguageLanguage fit for a prudish audience.Also heard this term at the conference.
2014HistoriographyThe study of historical writing.Wrote an historiography for History class in college.
2015KonMari A way of life and a state of mind that encourages cherishing the things that spark joy in people’s lives.Read the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying UpDiatomaceous EarthA naturally occurring, soft, siliceous sedimentary rock that is easily crumbled into a fine white to off-white powder.
2016Minnesota Miracle

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  1. Jill says:

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