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Word of the Year – The MarCom edition

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Merriam-Webster is conducting a search to find the Word of the Year for 2006. Previous winners include ‘integrity’ (2005), ‘blog’ (2004) and ‘democracy’ (2003). In previous years, M-W has reviewed the millions of searches conducted on their database and selected a word of the year from the most frequently looked-up words.

This year, they are asking their users to submit words that sum up the year that was 2006. My early favourites are ‘sectarian’, ‘quagmire’ and ‘truthiness’. But I thought it would be interesting to see if we could come up with a PR/Marketing word of the year. To get things started, I’ve stolen much of the following list from Ed Lee’s excellent Social Media Jargon Buster bingo game (hope you don’t mind).

  • Transparency
  • Trackback
  • Engagement
  • Conversation
  • Authenticity
  • Mash-up
  • Content
  • Measurement

Since this is an industry known for its way with words, I think it’s only fair to not limit contestants to single words. Phrases, compound words, made up words (see ‘impactful’) are all fair game. Entries will be judged on their inventiveness and the quality (creativity) of the justification. The winner will be feted in an upcoming post (if someone has a good idea for a prize, I’m all ears).

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Written by Jonathan Dunn

November 28, 2006 at 7:33 pm

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  1. steal away!
    I’ll give it some thought and get back to you…
    Ed

    Ed Lee

    November 29, 2006 at 1:37 am

  2. I thought the big word this year was “truthiness” a la Stephen Colbert…

    All good words for sure… but maybe we need to fiddle a bit to make them a bit juicier:

    Engagicity
    Contenthicity
    Conver.licious
    Authentication (my fave)

    Brendan

    November 29, 2006 at 4:13 pm

  3. Brendan,

    Completely agree on ‘truthiness’. I like authentication, but of your re-crafted words, conver.licious leads the way for me.

    Jonathan Dunn

    December 3, 2006 at 7:18 pm

  4. i thought wikiality was the word of the year?

    Ed Lee

    December 4, 2006 at 6:13 pm

  5. […] In a previous post, I wrote about the contest Merriam-Webster was holding to determine the Word of the Year for 2006. […]


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