The American Dialect Society has released it’s 2005 Words of the Year list. The winner is Truthiness which is defined as ” The quality of stating concepts or facts one wishes or believes to be true, rather than concepts or facts known to be true”. The word was first used by Stephen Colbert on “The Colbert Report”.
Other words singled out are:
- Cruiselex – Refers in general to anything Tom Cruise said or did during his year of serial melt-downs.
- Flee-ancee – Coined in reference to runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks but just as useful for Julia Roberts.
- Holiday Tree – The politically correct replacement for a Christmas tree
- Lifehack – To make one’s day-to-day behaviors or activities more efficient. For examples of lifehacks, see the excellent site Lifehacker.
The entire list is available in PDF format