It's the Oscars of the language word: word-of-the-year data analysis and voting!
In this interview, we talked about
- How Merriam-Webster chose "pandemic" as the word of the year.
- How other dictionaries choose words of the year (and how Oxford didn't choose a word this year).
- How the American Dialect Society chooses its words of the year (with fun stories since Emily and Mignon both attended the vote).
- Words of the year in countries outside the U.S., such as "Megxit" and "anderhalvemetersamenleving."
You can listen to the interview using the player at the top of this page, or you can read a complete rough transcript.