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Words of the year

Oxford Dictionaries Online

December 20, 2010

It's that time of year when journalists start to compile lists of “words of the year”. The New Statesman has already published a list of buzzwords for 2010 including “vuvuzela”, “refudiate”, and “Cleggmania” [From bigoted to vuvuzela: this year's buzzwords, by Sophie Elmhirst, 20 December 2010]. But will any of them ever make it into the Oxford English Dictionary? The OED's definition of buzzword: “a catchword or expression currently fashionable; a term used more to impress than to inform” suggests that we'll have to wait and see if they stick around…