And the word of 2012 is…
This doesn’t surprise me. It feels like hashtag has been around a lot longer — that’s how much a part of our vernacular it has so quickly become.
What does surprise me is who makes the grand proclamation of “Word of the Year” — the American Dialect Society.
I’ve never heard of them.
Founded in 1889, the organization is dedicated to the study of the English language and supports the Dictionary of American Regional English. They also publish American Speech magazine.