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Episode 48: Word of the Year 2021
That Word Chat starts 2022 with its biggest show of the year, featuring a half dozen guests representing the dictionaries and organizations that select a word of the year for 2021.
What single word defined the past year in your mind? What words were coined or gained new meaning during 2021? Each year, the American Dialect Society invites its members and the general public to nominate, discuss, and vote on the words that defined the year in several categories, focusing on that which is new and popular and likely has established itself in the lexicon. Before that, using varying criteria, we hear from Oxford Languages, Merriam-Webster, Dictionary.com, and others.
Our international panel will talk about all the words that shaped 2021 on January 11, the Tuesday after the American Dialect Society selects its words of the year on January 7.
Sign up below for the Zoom link to the live show, then join us at 4:30 p.m. ET (21:30 UTC) on Tuesday, January 11.
Our WOTY panel, from top left: Fiona McPherson of Oxford Languages, Amanda Laugesen of the Australian National Dictionary Centre, Wendalyn Nichols of Cambridge Dictionary, John Kelly of Dictionary.com. Second row: Peter Sokolowski of Merriam-Webster, Ben Zimmer of the American Dialect Society, and Lynne Murphy of the University of Sussex.
Past episodes with links to YouTube
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Videos generally post eight to ten weeks after the live show on Zoom.
Episode 15 (August 11): Ben Zimmer
Episode 26 (January 19): Malini Devadas
Episode 27 (February 2): Kory Stamper
Episode 28 (February 16): Cynthia Williams
Episode 29 (March 2): Grammar Day Celebration with Martha Brockenbrough and Special Guests
Episode 30 (March 16): Iva Cheung
Episode 31 (March 30): June Casagrande
Episode 32 (April 13): Dennis Baron
Episode 33 (April 27): Barbara Wallraff
May 11: Patron Happy Hour (private event)
Episode 36 (June 22): Hannah Franz
Episode 39 (August 3): Ann Friedman
Episode 40 (August 17): Gretchen McCulloch
Episode 42 (September 14): Erin McKean
Episode 43 (September 28): Denise Cowle and Louise Harnby
Episode 48 (January 11): The Word of the Year 2021, featuring an international panel of lexicographers
January 18: Patron Holiday Party (private event)
Episode 49 (February 1): Anne Curzan
Episode 50 (March 1): TBA
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