Best Words of 2007

If you love to write, you love words. It’s like a carpenter loving hand tools. It’s time for the best new or newly popularized words of the year.

Our favorites from the folks at Oxford University Press:

locavore: the movement to buy and eat locally grown and produced food
And some of their runners-up:

bacn: email notifications that are not quite spam
upcycling: the transformation of waste materials into more useful products

mumblecore: an independent film movement featuring low-budget production, non-professional actors, and largely improvised dialogue

Other notables offered up by our Culture Scouts:

mobisode: an episode of narrative television produced specifically and solely for distribution and viewing on mobile phones

carbon footprint: a measure of the impact human activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of greenhouse gases produced, measured in units of carbon dioxide

no impact: A phrase popularized by No Impact Man, Colin Beavan, who for one year, lived with his wife, child and dog in New York City without making any net impact on the environment. In other words, no trash, no carbon emissions, no toxins in the water, no elevators, no subway, no products in packaging, no plastics, no air conditioning, no TV, no toilets. People talk about aspiring to “No Impact.”

OTM: Internet messaging abbreviation for “over-the-moon” to describe a state of elation over a triumph

Got one you’d like to add? Send us your favs!