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American Dialect
Society's Words and Phrases of the Year

American Dialect
Society's Words and Phrases of the Year

Toe-tapper, coined in the wake of the Larry Craig sex scandal, makes the American Dialect Society's 2007 list of best new words.

Here are the words chosen by the American Dialect Society as 2007's best words or phrases:

* Word of the Year: subprime --an adjective used to describe a risky or less-than-ideal loan, mortgage, or investment.

* Most Useful: green -- designates environmental concern.

* Most Creative: Googleganger -- person with your name who shows up when you Google yourself.

* Most Unnecessary: Happy Kwanhanamas -- Happy Holidays. Kwanzaa + Hanukkah + Christmas.

* Most Outrageous: toe-tapper -- a homosexual. Sen. Larry Craig, an Idaho Republican, was arrested in June for an encounter in a Minneapolis airport bathroom in which toe-tapping the floor was said to have been used as a sexual come-on.

* Most Euphemistic: human terrain team -- a group of social scientists employed by the U.S. military to serve as cultural advisers in Iraq or Afghanistan.

* Most Likely to Succeed: green -- designates environmental concern.

* Least Likely to Succeed: strand-in -- protest duplicating being stranded inside an airplane on a delayed flight.

* Real Estate/Mortgage/Loan Words (New Category): subprime. (AP)

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