Oxford Dictionary’s “Word of the Year”: GIF

Time’s newsfeed reports Oxford Dictionary’s 2012 “Word of the Year”is “gif,” from the file extension “Graphics Interchange Format.” Now it’s used as a verb meaning “to create a GIF file of (an image or video sequence, especially relating to an event): he GIFed the highlights of the debate,” according to Oxford.

I’m not sure how important this really is, especially when, according to Time, the runners-up included  superstorm, super PAC and Eurogeddon, all more relevant and interesting (in my opinion).

My favorite, however, is the British “Word of the Year”: omnishambles, “a situation characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations,” usually refering to politics (according to Time). I love this word, and it’s so much more polite than its American counterpart, clusterf***.

My vote for word of the year? Teabagger (warning: not safe for work or minors)


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