2013 Word of the Year Candidates

Each year the American Dialect Society gathers to nominate the words that best characterized the previous 12 months. This year, we’ll gather in Minneapolis. The open nominating meeting for Words of the Year 2013 is at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, January 2, and the final vote at 5:30 p.m. Friday, January 3. Members, friends, and the press are invited to participate at both meetings.

If you’d like to make your own nominations, email woty@americandialect.org. Remember, they should be:

  • new or newly popular in 2013
  • widely or prominently used in 2013
  • indicative or reflective of the popular discourse.

Several members of the American Dialect Society have released their nomination lists: