pluto.jpgThe American Dialect Society announced last week that the Word of the Year: 2006 was plutoed.  To pluto is to demote or devalue someone or something, as happened to the former planet Pluto when the General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union decided Pluto no longer met its definition of a planet.

snailmail.gifWhat I found enjoyable was a review of their Word of the Year picks for the past 17 years.  They’ve done an admirable job of picking out which new words were “Most likely to succeed” in becoming part of everyday language – including such now-common words as blog in 2002, snail-mail in 1992, and notebook PC in 1990.  Remember when those were  new words?  Yeah, just barely.  Seems like they’ve been around forever.