Which Words Will Live On?

BY GRANT BARRETT A lexicographer specializing in slang and new words. He is a host of the public radio program “A Way With Words” and a vice president of the American Dialect Society.

COLLECTING the past year’s words is like sifting one’s pockets at the end of a trip. Some things you’ll keep, some you’ll discard — the dinner receipt for the expense-account meal vs. the one-peso coin. Each is a reminder of what you did, where you...

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