Words Most Likely to Succeed

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Can you name the words voted 'Most Likely to Succeed' by the American Dialect Society?

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* = words that also won "Word of the Year"
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YearWordDefinition
2010verb: to exhibit a burst of online buzz
2009a pronunciation of the year 2010, as opposed to saying “two thousand ten” or “two thousand and ten”
2008used to describe infrastructure projects that can be started quickly when funds become available
2007prefix/compounding form designating environmental concern
2006verb: to use the ___ web site or to have a video of one’s self be posted on the site
2005number puzzle from Japan
2004*any phrase denominating those states favoring conservative Republicans, those favoring liberal Democrats, or the undecided states in the U.S. political map
2003severe acute respiratory syndrome, viral disease first reported in Asia in February 2003
2002from “weblog,” a website of personal events, comments, and links
2001terrorist attacks on that date
YearWordDefinition
2000Harry Potter term for a non-wizard; a mundane, unimaginative person
1999a company operating on the web
1998*prefix for “electronic”
1997digital versatile disk, optical disk expected to replace CDs
1996designating brief visits or hospital stays (or a type of event that might cause a hospital stay)
1995the Internet
1993quotative with a form of the verb be to indicate speech or thought (think Clueless)
1992mail that is physically delivered, as opposed to e-mail
1991skate with rollers in a single row
1990TIE between (1) a portable personal computer weighing 4-8 pounds AND (2) adjusting the size of a staff by laying off employees

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