2005 Word of the Year Nominations

Continuing at 15-year tradition, the American Dialect Society has completed its nominating session for the Words of the Year 2005 at its annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In addition to an overall Word of the Year, nominations will be voted on this evening in a number of categories, including Most Useful, Most Creative, Most Unnecessary, Most Outrageous, Most Euphemistic, Most Likely to Succeed, and Least Likely to Succeed. A special category this year is “Best Tom Cruise-Related Word.”

The nominations list can be downloaded here: 242K, PDF. The final vote will be posted January 6 around 7 p.m.

UPDATE: The winning words in each category have been announced.