It’s the end of the year and that means it’s time for annual lists.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ First among them is an annual favorite here at StrangeSights - the Merriam-Webster’s annual “word of the year” list. This year, the winner (as voted by visitors to MW’s website) was w00t. A gamer’s phrase it’s described as an interjection similar to “yay!” (it apparently derives from “We owned the other team”). Other popular choices include: facebook (as you’re reading this on the net, not explanation required. Oh, OK, it’s to do with the social networking website of the same name); blamestorm (”a meeting held in order to come up with a name of a person to assign guilt to a certain incident”), sardoodledom (apparently a “mechanically contrived plot structure and stereotyped or unrealistic characterisation in drama” - comes from the name of playwright Victorien Sardou apparently); and, pecksniffian (Pharisaical).
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Meanwhile, the winners of the “Wacky Warning Label Contest” have also been announced in the US. The winner was a sign on a tractor reading “Danger: Avoid Death”. Second place went to an iron-on T-shirt transfer that warns “Do not iron while wearing T-shirt” while third place awarded to a baby stroller which features a small storage pouch and comes with the warning “Do not put child in bag”!
Back shortly with some more…