Fodder for the 2011 Words of the Year Vote

To stoke the official words-of-the-year nomination process, below are several lists of words of the year to consider a day before the Society’s 22nd words of the year nomination meeting.

The criteria for nominations.

The official nominations will be determined during a public meeting held at the downtown Portland, Ore., Hilton, on Thursday, January 5, and will be available on this site at about 7:30. You must be at the meeting to officially nominate a word. The final 2011 word-of-the-year vote will be 5:30 p.m., Friday, January 6, at the same hotel and those results should be available by 7:30 p.m.

“What we talked about in 2011,” a words-of-the-year column by Ben Zimmer, chair of the American Dialect Society’s New Words committee and language columnist for the Boston Globe. His full list of nominees is here.

Grant Barrett’s eighth annual New York Times words-of-the-year list.

Nancy Friedman’s words-of-the-year list.

David Barnhart’s nominations.

Joe Clark’s 2011 Canadian words of the year.

A master list of most the words suggested by the general public and others. We may have missed a few: by all means send them along to

You may also be interested in this list of nominations for the “name of the year” from the American Name Society, and ADS member Fred Shapiro’s list of 2011 quotes of the year.