You may recall last year our editors selected an unusual, rare word, a tongue-twister of sorts as the 2011 Word of the Year. We picked tergiversate which means “to change repeatedly one’s attitude or opinions with respect to a cause, subject, etc.; equivocate.” We debated at length about whether to choose a newly relevant word, like Occupy or Arab Spring, but decided on a rare word that summed up the tone of the year. See our rationale behind picking tergiversate here.

To be honest, though, 2012 has been pretty boring when it comes to words. There wasn’t a tebowing or a pinking. Even the political campaigns were pretty boring. (Luckily, none of the candidates replicated Sarah Palin’s malapropism, refudiate.)

What word do you think we should pick as the 2012 Word of the Year? Do any words encompass the events and general sentiment of 2012?


  1. John Brandt -  November 19, 2013 - 5:16 pm

    My word suggestion is: stalegate to describe the condition of our governmental system.

  2. cleobagerocks -  January 14, 2013 - 10:20 am

    all of those things crak me up o wiat they wake me up lol
    i know iknow thats not funny

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