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The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2016

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As regular readers know, I do an annual “The Best…” list on the “words of the year” that various organizations name. They usually don’t start making the announcements until the last few months of the year, but one group has already announced their words for 2015.

So, I figured I’d get a head start on the list, post it now, and add links as new announcements are made.

Before I start listing picks for 2016, here are links to my previous “Best” lists:

The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2015

The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2014

The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2013

The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2012

The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2011

The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2010

Okay, now for this year’s picks:

500 Words: Refugee is Children’s Word of the Year is from The BBC.

Sorry, grammar nerds. The singular ‘they’ has been declared Word of the Year. is from The Washington Post.

2016 is the year of “post-truth,” according to the Oxford Dictionaries is from Vox.

Quiz: Word of the Year 2016 and 15 New Words Added to Dictionaries is from Blog de Cristina.

Why Xenophobia Is Dictionary.com’s Word of the Year is from Smithsonian.

After a series of terror attacks and the US election, Merriam-Webster names “surreal” the word of the year is from Quartz.

‘Unpresidented’: Donald Trump invents the Guardian’s word of the year is from The Guardian.

‘Whatever’ tops most annoying words of 2016, while a younger crowd doesn’t care for ‘I can’t even’ is from The Washington Post.

The 10 most mispronounced words of 2016 and what they say about the state of the world is from Quartz.

Why “surreal,” not “fascism,” is Merriam-Webster’s word of the year is from Vox.

2016, Summed Up in a Word is from The Atlantic.

Google Unveils “The Year In Language 2016

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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