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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I preferred the topless meeting

The Oxford University Press's choice for 2008 word of the year, hypermiling, left me cold, but I sure liked some of the finalists and shortlisted words:

frugalista – person who leads a frugal lifestyle, but stays fashionable and healthy by swapping clothes, buying second-hand, growing own produce, etc.

topless meeting – a meeting in which the participants are barred from using their laptops, Blackberries, cellphones, etc.

and the more familiar

link bait – content on a website that encourages [baits] a user to place links to it from other websites

tweet – a short message sent via the Twitter service, using a cellphone or other mobile device.


  1. Does a Twitter message from a laptop qualify as a tweet?

  2. Apparently not according to the Oxford University Press. Great point!

  3. I was also interested to see 'meh' made it INTO the dictionary this year. I also love the word 'tweet'!