Words of the Year 2007: locavore and w00t

It is nearing the end of the year 2007 and Oxford and Merriam-Webster have already individually identified which words rule for this year. So what are the words?

For New Oxford American Dictionary, their 2007 Word of the Year is locavore. If you eat only, or mostly, vegetables then you are called a vegetarian or an herbivore, and carnivore if you do meats. But here is a new term, locavore, which means you eat only food grown or produced within a 100-mile radius. The term is originally localvore, which the first two syllables clearly means within in the vicinity, as the locavore movement encourage consumers to buy fruits and vegetables from farmers' market or even grow or pick these kinds of foods in that market as fresh products are more nutritious and taste better.

The runners-up of Oxford's Word of the Year hunt are as follows:

aging in place: the process of growing older while living in one’s own residence, instead of having to move to a new home or community

bacn: email notifications, such as news alerts and social networking updates, that are considered more desirable than unwanted “spam” (coined at PodCamp Pittsburgh in Aug. 2007 and popularized in the blogging community)

cloudware: online applications, such as webmail, powered by massive data storage facilities, also called “cloud servers”

colony collapse disorder: a still-unexplained phenomenon resulting in the widespread disappearance of honeybees from beehives, first observed in late 2006

cougar: an older woman who romantically pursues younger men

MRAP vehicle: Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, designed to protect troops from improvised explosive devices (IEDs)

mumblecore: an independent film movement featuring low-budget production, non-professional actors, and largely improvised dialogue

previvor: a person who has not been diagnosed with a form of cancer but has survived a genetic predisposition for cancer

social graph: the network of one’s friends and connections on social websites such as Facebook and Myspace

tase (or taze): to stun with a Taser (popularized by a Sep. 2007 incident in which a University of Florida student was filmed being stunned by a Taser at a public forum)

upcycling: the transformation of waste materials into something more useful or valuable


Meanwhile, w00t is Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year. It is an interjection expressing joy and triumph, similar with the word "yay" and had first became widely known in competitive online gaming forums. Although the double "o" in the word is usually represented by double zeroes, the exclamation is also known to be an acronym for "we owned the other team".

The runners-up of this Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year are the following:

facebook: taken from the popular Facebook website, which can mean to join in the website, upload photo in there, add someone to your list in Facebook and anything that relates to the site.

conundrum: a riddle that has difficult or conjecture for an answer

quixotic: (from Don Quixote) capricious, unpredictable

blamestorm: to gather around and discussed who is responsible to be blamed

sardoodledom: staginess, melodrama

apathetic: spiritless, indifferent

pecksniffian: pharisaical

hyprocrite: a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion or a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings

charlatan: quack, fraud, faker
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