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Spillcam 2010 Word of the Year

2010 Word of the Year

You know the end of the year is nigh when words of the year are announced. It seems like just about every dictionary has one, but today the Global Language Monitor, an organization that tracks trends in languages, named "spillcam" — the camera that turned into a live feed of the Gulf oil spill — the 2010 Word of the Year.

Nominees (all are in the word bubble above) range from Jersey Shore-inspired "guido" and "guidette" to Sarah Palin-coined "refudiate," but I suspect you have opinions on what word defines 2010. Submit below, and later we'll vote!

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RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
lilegwene, thanks so much for pointing that out. I tried to teach myself Italian a few years ago, and thought the way I said it was right.. man was I wrong. Oops.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
Why is narrative on there? I'm disappointed in this year's list, honestly.
lilegwene lilegwene 6 years
My vote is vuvuzela... those things had their limelight this year. May they rest in peace. ;) Roaring - because that's how it's pronounced in Italian: "gwi-doh." It's not an anomaly in Italian; guida (guide, your example word) is "gwi-da", guidare is "gwi-dare, " etc. It's not an incorrect pronunciation, it's actually the more correct pronunciation. Just like saying tortilla the Hispanic way instead of "tor-til-a."
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
I like simplexity. I don't understand why not even people who claim they're Italian can pronounce the name Guido. It's pronounced Ghee-doh. You don't pronounce the word guide "goo-ide", either. Italian has the same thing where the u preceding an i or e is silent. It only serves to transform the G into a hard sound, because it would otherwise be pronounced like in gelato.
lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
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