As another year draws to a close, people begin to compile their retrospective lists and give out the annual awards. We're all familiar with the Man of the Year, Woman of the Year, Invention of the Year, but how about Word of the Year? I didn't know such an honor even existed, but it does, and for 2005 the winner is "podcast."
Who decides which word gets this singular distinction? Only the editors of the New Oxford American Dictionary. From the press release: "Only a year ago, podcasting was an arcane activity, the domain of a few techies and self-admitted geeks.* Now...thousands of podcasts are available at the iTunes Music Store and websites such as iPodder.com." Podcast will officially be added of the online update to the New Oxford American Dictionary in early 2006.
*Some more than others, right Adam?