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The American Dialect Society has named the 2003 Words Of The Year. Here are my favorites:

ass-hat: noun, a thoughtless or stupid person.

flexitarian: noun, a vegetarian who occasionally eats meat.

freegan: noun, person who eats only what they can get for free.

tanorexia: noun, the condition of being addicted to tanning.

tofurkey: noun, a faux turkey crafted from tofu. Also a trade name.

manscaping: noun, male body-shaving.

Collyer: noun, in New York City, a person trapped under their own collected debris in their apartment.

Any additions?

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UPDATE: In related news, Treacher makes yet another important contribution to western culture.

Posted by aalkon at January 20, 2004 9:13 AM


I know what to call my tanning addicted sister now.

Posted by: Cody at January 20, 2004 12:10 PM

This was clever.

cliterati: collective noun, feminist or woman-oriented writers or opinion-leaders.

Posted by: Leenerati at January 20, 2004 4:44 PM

I got very very tired of "asshat" after the first 470 times I heard it, and I tried to come up with some alternatives:

Posted by: Jim Treacher at January 20, 2004 9:44 PM

Thanks for including the additions, Jim, although part of me is somewhat disenchanted with the fact that we need so many different words to insult a stupid person. I mean, if you're going to address a moron, give him his dignity. Just call him "George," or "Dubya" or "Mr. President."

Posted by: Patrick at January 21, 2004 3:34 AM

Ha ha!

Posted by: Jim Treacher at January 21, 2004 7:17 AM

"Rearmuffs" is insanely sexy, you little devil. I am SO there.

Posted by: Lena the Perv at January 21, 2004 8:48 PM

My favorite "asshat" synonym is "fucknuts."

But this year also brought mainstream acceptance of "metrosexual," meaning "guy who acts like a complete pussy in order to get some."

Posted by: LYT at January 22, 2004 12:54 AM

More fun with slang

Posted by: x at January 28, 2004 1:37 PM