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Contents : 2006 Words of the Year Nominations These are the words chosen as candidates for the 2006 words-of-the-year categories. The final votes in all categories will take place fro m 5:30 to 6:30 p .m. Friday Jan. 5. The Word of the Year is usually nominated from among win ners of the categories belo w although new passionate last-minute nominations have so metimes been accepted fro m the fl oor. MOST USEFUL climate ca nary: an organism or species whose poor health or declining numbers hint at a larger environmental catastrophe on the horizon. data Valdez: an accidental release of a larg e quantity o f private or privileged information. Named after the 1989 oil spill by the Exxon Valdez in Prince William Sound Alaska. flog: a fak e blog created by a corporation to promote a product or a television show. sharro w: an arro w-like design painted on a road way to mark a bicy cling route. MOST CREATI VE Fed-Ex: tabloid nickname for K-Fed a.k.a Kevin Federline husband of Britney Spears. to julie: to organize an event . Also as a noun . From Julie McCoy the character of cruise director on the television show Th e Love Boat which ran fro m 1977 to 1986. lactard: a person who is lactose-intolerant . snowclone: an expression whose structure is borro wed to create new similar expressions. Examples: X is the new Y ( blue is the new black ) and X is dead long live X! ( the king is dead long live the king! ). MOST UNNECESSARY the decider: with the definite article a person who makes decisions for other decision-makers as spoken by President George W. Bush. Fox lips: lips colored and lined with mak eup to seem more prominent said of female an chors on Fox News . Suri Kat: the supposed nick-name o f the b aby girl of To m Cruise and Katie Hol mes. MOST OUTRAGEOUS Ca mbodian accessories: Angelina Jolie s adopted children of which one is Cambodian . firecro tch: a p erson with red pubic hair. maca ca: an American citizen treated as an alien. tra mp sta mp: a tattoo on a wo man s upper bottom or lower back . sudden jihad syndro me: an outburst of violence from a seemingly stable and normal Muslim. MOST EUPHEMI STI C lancing: the forced public outing of a closeted g ay celebrity after N Sync singer Lan ce Bass. lyric malfunction: obscenities scrubbed fro m the Rolling Stones Sup er Bo wl performance. surge: an increase in troop strength. waterboa rding: an interrog ation technique in which th e subject is immobilized and doused with water to simulate dro wning reported to be used by U.S. interrogators against terro rism d etainees. MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED carbon: in co mbining forms about redu cing waste emissions used as shorthand for air pollution. the decider: with the definite article a person who makes decisions for other decision-makers as spoken by President George W. Bush. maca ca mo ment: an ethnic or racial gaffe caught on video. m- ma n- men- as man-fixes in co mpounds and blends such as moobs manboobs murse man purse mancation man crush man maries menaissance etc. LEAST LI KELY TO SUCCEED grup: a Gen-Xer who do es not act his or h er age. pwn: to o wn so meone to defeat beat or b est someone. From mis-typing in online gaming. stay the co urse: to continue an action or undertaking despite it being less successful than desired . NEW CATEGORY: PLUTO-RELATED WORDS dwarf planet: new Intern ational Astrono mical Union designation for Pluto and other not-quiteplanetary bodies in the solar system. planemo: an object in outer space with mass insufficient to achieve fusion but large enough to be made roughly spherical by its o wn gravity to be pl utoed: to be demoted . pluton: originally chosen by the General Assembly o f the International Astronomical Union as a category fo r trans-Neptunian objects like Pluto that did not warrant designation as true planets. Ho wev er the term was already in use in geology to refer to a larg e mass of intrusive igneous rock believed to have solidified deep within the earth. Another candidate name was plutonoid.
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