What's Your 2008 Word of the Year?

by rfisher on December 17, 2008

I love words, the turn of a perfect phrase, when one word sums up a situation so perfectly there is no need to say anything else. But sometimes I have a love/hate relationship with words, especially when they are over used, misused or just plain wrong.

In our time of 24 hour news coverage, a word or phrase can wear out its welcome in no time (“Wall Street to Main Street” springs to mind), but just because you don’t like it anymore is no reason not to name it as a word (or phrase) of the year!

On January 2nd, State of Affairs will be talking about the candidates for the 2008 Word of the Year and we would like to hear your pick. Call us at 814-6536 and leave your word on the voicemail. We hope to gather enough different voices to play a few back on the air. And then join us at 11:00 am for the show!

If you can’t call, send us an e-mail, soa@wfpl.org.

My pick for word of the year? Bailout. ’nuff said.

Oh – and don’t get me started about “impact”.

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Kim December 18, 2008 at 12:00 pm


This is a no-brainer!

Michele December 26, 2008 at 5:56 pm


Marie Moyes December 30, 2008 at 9:55 am

Hi Laura!

My year of the word is one that has been around for such a long time and yet for the first time it seems, is being noticed and acknowledged for what it actually means: BUDGET.

Seems like everyone from the largest company to the smallest paycheck are really at last, collectively, learning to budget, even if in small ways.

In fact, my New Years resolutions are budget related.

I am not buying anything that is not budgeted on paper, paper mind you, so that in writing it out, I am forced to bond the idea of budget with concreteness of resolving to do it.

Just my two cents,


D. Quintin January 1, 2009 at 1:11 pm

This word was used numerous times throughout the campaign season and now beyond – “fundamental”.

Larry Mengel January 2, 2009 at 12:14 pm

My favorite is “gentleman.” We frequently hear on the news something like this:

“The gentleman hit the little old lady over the head and ran away with her purse.” Gentle man, really. We should not allow the police to use that word. What ever happened to crook or perp.


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