The word of the year in American, English, German, Dutch, Austrian, Japanese, Chinese (Taiwan but NOT the People’s Republic) and William Safire

Well, the votes are in and whomever decides these things has spoken (unlike the Minnesota senatorial race. I say we just let the governor of Illinois decide) we now know what the words of the year are in many languages. Not surprisingly, they were all basically about one of two things: sex and money — except when they were about meat.

Winner: Safire.

Runner-up: Taiwan

11 thoughts on “The word of the year in American, English, German, Dutch, Austrian, Japanese, Chinese (Taiwan but NOT the People’s Republic) and William Safire

  1. You wrote:
    “Germany: Two (one for the east and one for the west?)”

    Is this a subtle nod to Tom Lehrer’s “Who’s Next” a song in which he suggests (1965) that South Africa needs two atomic bombs? ” One for the blacks and one for the white.”

  2. Swaffel your wife, first thing in the morning,
    and your life will never be boring.
    Swaffel your wife’s sister later that day,
    and you know, you’re gonna pay.

  3. @ Collateraldamage

    why thank you!

    It cracked me up to see our word of the year between all the other words haha, it does make a rather weird impression of us Dutchies. We rule!

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