Not To Be Confused With Uranus
I read that the American Dialect Society recently announced the 2006 Word of the Year. Who knew there was an American Dialect Society, but, nonetheless, they announced it. The word of the year, according to their votes, is plutoed.
To pluto is to demote or devalue someone or something. This word must've come about this year when the planet, Pluto, was being considered to be axed from our Solar System. According to some mean scientists, it no longer met the definition of a planet. Why pick on little Pluto? It has just been hanging out there in space as the last, little planet of our greedy Solar System like a picked-on
step-child. What did it ever do to them, anyway?
Plutoed beat out the other potential winner, climate canary. This phrase, which means an organism or species whose poor health or declining numbers hint at a larger environmental catastrophe on the horizon, did win the Most Useful category, however. Fascinating.
The Most Creative award winner was, lactard, or, a person who is lactose-intolerant.
I know you want to know - what were some of the other words that were in-the-running for Word of the Year?
Murse - a man's purse
Flog - a fake blog produced by a corporation to promote a product or TV show (Losers!)
Firecrotch - a person with red pubic hair (I didn't make these up!)
And, my favorite, to Julie something, which is to organize an event (You know, like Julie McCoy, cruise director from The Love Boat).
If you don't believe me and want to read about these for yourself, just go to the American Dialect Society web site.
So, in this new year of high hopes and great expectations, why not consider using some of the Words of the Year in your everyday correspondence and communications? Just like this:
You know, I just saw a flog about a murse that was Julied by some sleazy corporate types. Those bastards - they ought to be plutoed or something!