Went Missing

“Went missing” is the Grammar Girl 2007 Peeve of the Year.

Mignon Fogarty,
Episode #090


gonemissingEveryone else seems to be announcing a word of the year, so I've decided to name a pet peeve of the year.

After a non-scientific study of the messages I get from listeners, I've determined the pet peeve of 2007 is the phrase went missing. Boy, do a lot of you hate that phrase! Before I talk about went missing, here's a fun* review of some of the other words of the year.


In a spurt of silliness, Merriam-Webster named w00t the Word of the Year. Yes, that's w00t spelled w-0-0-t, with zeros where the o's should be, and it's an interjection expressing joy making it similar to the word yay. According to Merriam-Webster, w00t “first became popular in competitive online gaming forums as part of what is known as l33t ("leet," or "elite") speak—an esoteric computer hacker language in which numbers and symbols are put together to look like letters.” It's an odd choice for word of the year, but I confess I did shout, “W00t,” when I finished the final version of my first Grammar Girl book a couple of weeks ago, and my editor was polite enough to “W00t,” back at me.

Grass Station

In other word-of-the-year news, Webster's Word of the Year winner was grass station, which they define as a pun on the word gas station. According to Webster's, “grass station refers to a theoretical fill-up spot in the not-too-distant future. It reflects America's growing love affair with hybrid cars and vegetable-based fuels, including ethanol and biomass fuels—some of which are actually distilled from plain old grass.”


Finally, the new Oxford American Dictionary named locavore as Word of the Year. Back in July, Chef Mark from the Remarkable Palate podcast called out locavore as his favorite neologism for a Grammar Girl podcast that mentioned new words. Locavores are people who eat only food that is grown or produced within 100 miles of their home.


Oxford named the verb tase as a runner up for the award, and I did a show about verbifying taser into tase in September, so I'm feeling very in tune with the Oxford American Dictionary this week. 


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