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The People's Choice Word of 2010 is . . . (It was almost a tie)

If you had any doubt that 2010 was a complicated year, consider this: the five finalists for our People’s Choice Word of the Year were all fairly close contenders, and three of the words were multisyllabic mouthfuls. The top two entries were incredibly close – out of over 10,000 votes, the winner was only 40 votes ahead of the runner-up.

The top five words, those that received the most nominations, were:

What do these choices say about the past year? They all reflect strong feelings, whether love or the desire to throw someone out the window. And it’s certainly hard to argue with the sentiment behind both brouhaha and discombobulate: on every end of the ideological and cultural spectrum, there were plenty of scandals, embarrassments, gaffes and guffaws. Which brings us to the 2010 People’s Choice Word of the Year: epic. 

Was 2010 an “epic” year? Many of the people who nominated the word associated epic with the slang phrase “epic fail,” as in a major screw-up. Others nominated the word as a comment on how often they heard the word misused to describe events that clearly were not of an epic nature.

If there is a lesson in the nature of these words, it may be discretion. The antidote to epic failure, brouhahas and discombobulated scenarios is to be careful. We propose the following resolution for 2011: watch your words, learn precise, fresh ways to express yourself, and enjoy a year of self-awareness. We’ll be here to help.

The Dictionary.com Word of the Year was chosen based on the number of people who used the term in the past year. To learn the surprising result, click here.

What do you think of the collective choice? Let us know, below.

Street art is truly uplifting. this web site art in the streets

The Birmingham Post (England) June 8, 2009 Byline: helga henry Ever since 1998, the month of May has found me on the sunny streets of Birmingham, sampling the weird and wonderful delights of the annual Fierce! Festival.

And although there was no festival this year, the Friday before last was no exception.

As part of the 2009 “for one year only” programme, Fierce! and our partners at Ikon Gallery presented the iconoclastic performer, Reverend Billy.

The self-styled anti-capitalist preacher (he exorcises the tills at Tesco containing “Wall Street funny money”) gave a blistering free performance in Oozells Square with his funky backing singers, the Gospel Choir of Life After Shopping.

Opposite the headquarters of the RBS, his giant quiff quivered to the message that what we spend our money on has an effect on the climate, our jobs and homes, in fact on the whole world.

Hundreds of people gathered to hear the word of the Reverend.

Still more happened upon him by chance. From the clapping, cheering, whooping and dancing of the crowd, everyone had a good time.

Art in the streets is uplifting and democratic.

There’s the chance that people will stumble upon something to make them laugh, cry or gasp.

As an audience gathers, they share reactions, jokes and vantage points.

They connect.

The critic Lyn Gardner said of The Sultan’s Elephant that this work “turns a million strangers into a community”.

It was the same in Liverpool, capital of culture, where grandmothers, toddlers and all ages in between waited for half a day for a view of La Machine’s giant mechanical spider as it paraded the streets with its live orchestra perched atop cherry-picker cranes. website art in the streets

Grand artistic gestures funded by public money may seem unnecessarily splashy in the current climate. But everything is relative.

Given the community cohesion this work promotes (it’s been proven that crime reduces during events rather than proliferates) and the city-promoting media attention it generates, they constitute good value for money. Some previous Fierce! highlights such as the Great Swallow (Benjamin Verdonck’s giant nest on the side of the Rotunda) or the much acclaimed Street Pianos (15 pianos in community settings emblazoned with ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’) were produced for the public money equivalent of two duck houses, a moat and some manure.

Or a fraction of one per cent of what we’ve spent to bail out a bank.

Play Me I’m Yours has, from its Birmingham beginning, taken place in Sydney, Australia, Sao Paolo, Brazil and is now in London.

But the city, and Fierce!, had it first.

n Helga Henry is general manager of Fierce Earth and chair of Creative Republic

101 Comments

  1. ecliphxian -  January 23, 2013 - 11:08 am

    in my country, youths are using the word EPIC from time to time and it’s pissing me off.

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  2. Claire -  January 23, 2011 - 3:23 pm

    Whoa, I wrote a speech and a bill on why epic is overused wrongly. It’s soo true!

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  3. Cat -  January 18, 2011 - 6:07 pm

    I think defenestration should of won since the meaning is so awesome!

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  4. Kitti -  January 12, 2011 - 4:09 am

    Apparently the fact that I use “defenestration”, “discombobulate”, and “brouhaha” all fairly often in everyday speech makes me something of an oddball. Or maybe it just means I’m a pedant. This is always a possibility, though I rather hope it isn’t the case; most of the pedants I know are insufferable busybodies who just don’t know when to shut up.

    Hm. I was going to go off on a long, rambling tangent next, but sadly I’m feeling rather uninspired at the moment. Hopefully this still achieves a small amount of funny, but I have the sinking feeling that jokes–particularly those of the self-deprecating, tongue-in-cheek variety–are only funny if you actually, y’know, finish telling them. Something about punchlines being important. I’m a little fuzzy on the details.

    …Oh hey look at that, a long rambling tangent. >.>

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  5. Anonymous -  January 10, 2011 - 8:46 pm

    GOD ppl use epic so much it gets annoying >_>

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  6. aple -  January 10, 2011 - 7:10 pm

    ffv

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  7. budylee -  January 10, 2011 - 5:34 pm

    I’m surprised nobody has mentioned the true history of how the word, “Epic” has become so popular. The phrase started out in the online video gaming world. It’s biggest popularity came from World of Warcraft mainly.

    There’s gear in the game labeled as, “Epic” as its item classification and therefore led into the phrases, “Epic Win” and “Epic Fail” etc. I am surprised nobody has mentioned this yet. And no, Everquest did not make this word big.

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  8. Ravenclaw -  January 10, 2011 - 3:37 pm

    smoothius on January 3, 2011 at 2:11 pm
    at the epic brouhaha, my love was groped leaving me discombobulated, at which point i performed defenestration on the perpetrator:)

    EPIC WIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    :))))))
    XDDD
    Thanks dude!

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  9. Alan -  January 10, 2011 - 3:20 pm

    I agree that “epic” should be the Word of the Year for 2010 but only because it was overused.

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  10. Emily -  January 10, 2011 - 12:10 am

    spouting stupid religious stuff to people who dont give a damn well guess what i am a not a christian i am some like a eggnogstick or some like that dont remember i am to young to think about these thing

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  11. Sir Hipster -  January 9, 2011 - 10:47 pm

    I was using “epic” before saying it was cool. It’s too main stream these days…what a sellout.

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  12. Jad -  January 9, 2011 - 4:49 am

    Geez, guys. Don’t hate on epic. I’m very pleased it won. =D Epic is epic. I shall continue to use it “incorrectly” as you say because I enjoy using it. The meanings of words change all the time and to me if something is very very good, it is epic. *shrug*

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  13. me -  January 9, 2011 - 12:10 am

    defenestration to win.

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  14. me -  January 9, 2011 - 12:10 am

    Bieber should be in the dictionary. Definition: Idiot.

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  15. arekasa -  January 8, 2011 - 8:59 pm

    Epic? I suppose 2010 was so epically horrible it fits OK. I personally prefer defenestration, or its twin sister, exfenestracide.

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  16. KATRINA -  January 8, 2011 - 4:01 pm

    join join join i love it its so fun and everything u do is great

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  17. Olivia -  January 7, 2011 - 5:47 pm

    Epic is just a word people say to try to be cool… it doesnt even sound good! i like Discombobulate… it really sounds like what it means…

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  18. Tre' Williams -  January 7, 2011 - 1:59 pm

    I really like the word epic, but I like to spell it with a K. EPIK

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  19. Kylie -  January 7, 2011 - 1:57 pm

    I think that epic should win because everybody says it. But you have to admit that saying the word discombobulate is very fun to say.

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  20. Wade Wilson -  January 7, 2011 - 1:51 pm

    I dislike it when people comment about “God” and his supposed love. Good for you, you’re a Christian, but no one else cares. Spamming your religious beliefs on comment boards is so foolish. I mean what if everyone did it… I’d be typing endless paragraphs about the awesomeness of His Noodly Goodness. And besides, religion is a personal matter, so keep it to yourself… Jesus wasn’t a miracle worker; he was a very talented illusion and most likely a carpenter like his father. And he is Arabian… Stupid Christian’s don’t even understand regional ethnicity.

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  21. kg1 -  January 7, 2011 - 12:47 pm

    I knew “defenestration” wouldn’t win, of course, but 3rd or 4th runner up as it may be, I still love it and offer again three reasons that it was the best candidate: it conjures up such specific and vivid imagery, much more so than the other four words; it found its way into the print media last year to describe with apt and playful metaphor the People dealing with corrupt leaders; it is so darned easy and fun to say!

    As for “epic,” I am still mourning the virtual loss of its literary/ cultural meaning — far richer than the popular use that now wears it out.

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  22. DBoz -  January 7, 2011 - 12:07 pm

    Hey! I didn’t even know this “People’s Choice” thing was going on.
    However, now that I’ve read the post-vote article, I’m VERY glad “discombobulate” lost. The word is timeless. My mom used it since at least the 1950s, and I find it to be the perfect word for the situation / mindset it describes. Right up there with a favorite family phrase “non compos mentis”.
    I’ll be sure to vote next year.
    If you accept nominations, mine is “ostracize”. (sp?)

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  23. Jak King -  January 7, 2011 - 9:26 am

    It is interesting to me that all of these are very old words.

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  24. pandapanda -  January 6, 2011 - 9:06 pm

    I know a lot of people think “epic” is overused, and it certainly can be, but its prominence should be an important factor in the choice for People’s Word of the Year. I also know a lot people get really pissed because “epic” is MISused. As for me, well, I know it’s being stretched and mutated beyond the original meaning you’ll find in the dictionary, but that’s the beauty of language: it’s constantly shifting. Especially slang. So if you get all riled up when a word is taken and run with, just remember that meaning is much more flexible than you think it is.

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  25. Shiane -  January 6, 2011 - 8:14 pm

    But ya I like the word Epic too. I use it almost 30 times a day. :PPPP :) -_- I Would get an A+ in Bieberology if there was such a thing..

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  26. Shiane -  January 6, 2011 - 8:12 pm

    yo!!! I think that they should add ‘Bieber’ to the dictionary. the definition would be ‘Gorgeous human being; Amazing Person; Great singer; The most amazing and perfect thing possible;
    :))) im not kidding they totally should :P
    lol. Im Mrs. Shiane Bieber

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  27. matt -  January 6, 2011 - 5:02 pm

    ha! I voted for Epic…Yes!!!

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  28. frankie -  January 6, 2011 - 3:57 pm

    Funny. Defenestration hasn’t even been entered into dictionary.com. (Thank goodness for defenestrate.)

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  29. Epic Guy -  January 6, 2011 - 3:42 pm

    Oh yeah, Epic. I started the whole craze of using that word back in 2004/2005. Glad to see it caught on.

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  30. Sum Wun -  January 6, 2011 - 3:04 pm

    You know defenestrate is awesome because they used it on the Simpsons!

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  31. awesomeness -  January 6, 2011 - 1:41 pm

    epic fail!!!!!!
    brouhaha is what i chose

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  32. THEY_ARE_COMING -  January 6, 2011 - 12:50 pm

    eppppppiiiiiiiiiiiiccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccc Roooooooooooooooooooooooxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    THEY said so

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  33. :-D -  January 6, 2011 - 9:12 am

    DISCOMBOBULATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  34. totally with Roonil Wazlib -  January 6, 2011 - 8:47 am

    EPIC=EPIC :)

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  35. Char -  January 6, 2011 - 4:57 am

    Epic is definitely overused. I love it though. It sounds nice, and it’s short but says a lot.

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  36. Party -  January 5, 2011 - 8:39 pm

    Have you hoticed that most of these comments are done by teenagers? I LOVE the word discombobulate!!! I use it all the time!

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  37. Marie -  January 5, 2011 - 5:57 pm

    The word, “Epic” is epic!!!

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  38. N/A -  January 5, 2011 - 5:30 pm

    Lol

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  39. Nedemac -  January 5, 2011 - 5:08 pm

    last year was a crazy year. with the war going on for seven years, the oil disaster, the first African-American President. But 2010 was also a very fun year, people have worked together to clean up the oil and everyone has done a lot of great things in 2010. Shell is working very hard to fix the oil spill and they will not stop until the problem is solved.

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  40. Jan -  January 5, 2011 - 5:04 pm

    Epic is wayyy to overused. This was really disappointing…..

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  41. yo wassup -  January 5, 2011 - 4:21 pm

    epic is the best word ever!

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  42. EpicEpicEpicEpicEpicEpicEpicEpicEpicEpicEpicEpicEpic -  January 5, 2011 - 4:20 pm

    Dear Nicole-
    Was their silence epic?

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  43. Nicole -  January 5, 2011 - 3:48 pm

    I agree with a lot of you. Epic is the most overused word where I live. I can’t stand when anyone says it anymore.

    “Epic this and Epic that. “That was so Epic. “I’m Epic.” “You’re Epic.” Shut up.

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  44. Jenna -  January 5, 2011 - 2:56 pm

    Epic Should win!!! Epic is an Epic word! I use Epic everyday! Mostly for saying “Epic Fail”. But EPIC SHOULD WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  45. K. Book -  January 5, 2011 - 2:50 pm

    Ahhh defenestration! I did a project in Latin class 14 years ago on that word…no one knew what it meant! But I had a kick-ass celophane and popsicle stick window with a catwoman figuring flying out of it!

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  46. mariah -  January 5, 2011 - 2:32 pm

    epic epic epic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WIN WIN WIN

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  47. trent -  January 5, 2011 - 2:18 pm

    the only word you can describe HALO REACH with is epic. theres simply no other answer. HALO REACH = EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!and chuck norris is epic lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  48. trent -  January 5, 2011 - 2:13 pm

    I LOVE THE WORD EPIC!!!!!!!!!! epic is the one word I use to describe HALO:REACH. (<—–thats a very popular video game) I use epic all the time. mostly I say "epic fail" because i like to say that when my friends screw up. or when im playing HALO REACH and somthing cool happens i go to school the next day and tell all my friends how epic it was.

    some people think epic is overused. it kinda is, but who cares??? its what people like!!!!!

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  49. classified -  January 5, 2011 - 2:07 pm

    Duh That’s totally unepic if epic dosen’t win

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  50. word man -  January 5, 2011 - 12:52 pm

    defenistration rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11 :):):):):):):):):)

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  51. Anthony Meacham -  January 5, 2011 - 10:55 am

    CHANGE? REALLY???
    Honestly I don’t stand behind change winning and I don’t think it should have gotten anywhere near victory. 2010 was not a year of change, it was a year of disappointment.
    Brouhaha? Honestly I didn’t even think this was a word but even now knowing that it is only makes me hate it more.
    Discombobulate, this I feel was only voted to the top five becaue of people like my step sister. They hear a word that sounds unique, quacky, and wacky and they then proceed to run around screeming it regardless of situation.
    Love, oh dear Darkness. Does it strike anyone else how Hideously cheesy it is that LOVE got into the top five? Sort of strikes me as a word voted up by the sort of people that believe in love over all else and that it can weather any conditions.
    Epic, obviously voted up by two things.
    One, people that truly know its meaning and have high respect for it
    and Two, people that cry out that everything is “Epic” using the immaterial definition of overall grandness beyond mortal limits. Thankfully Dictionary.com has yet to put the more modern “definition” of Epic around for the world to frown at.
    Lastly Defenestration, in a word, funny. It must have taken time and effort for someone to come up with this word and for people to vote it up considering I honestly can’t see it having much use in common society.

    Nothing can change the choice of the 2010 word of the year but I still think near anything else would have been preferable to CHANGE. (No pun intended)

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  52. There'snogoodnamsanymore -  January 5, 2011 - 9:19 am

    Please….AVERT YOUR EYES FROM THIS COMMENT.
    If I may remind the entire quoting party, that this discussion is not about overused words or annoying words, it is about people’s choice words. How we have strayed so far from that topic is very discombobulating to me. The word Epic has started thousands of millions of otherwise unspoken conversations, many have been saved by this simple and yet gripping word. It is by far the most eloquent four-letter word in all of time and if I have my say, I say that it is completely unfair to place this word in the position of such other much more complicated words in length and pronunciation…….excluding love, of course, that has been a choice word since before this style of talk was not fancied any longer.

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  53. There'snogoodnamsanymore -  January 5, 2011 - 9:05 am

    @Megalomaniac. Dude. That is Epic.

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  54. Mark -  January 5, 2011 - 7:20 am

    The real ‘most overused word of the 21st century’ so far, has to be ‘iconic’ which is applied to every area of human endeavour from art, songs, bands, fashion items, cars, TV programmes, movies, board games, people,comedy, food, moments in history, the list is endless. It has become a lazy synonym for unique, memorable or well known.

    My vote would be for lability which means constantly changing or likely to undergo change (what a metaphor for 2011) but which sounds as if it might mean something terribly rude.

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  55. Discombobulated -  January 5, 2011 - 6:09 am

    Epic winning WOTY is so discombobulating…

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  56. Megalomaniac -  January 4, 2011 - 10:23 pm

    At the annual festive brouhaha hosted by my friends, I encountered an epic love like no other. Unfortunately, her love grasped the feeling of valor, so in turn I performed a grand act of defenestration with various twists and turns. I became discombobulated at how fickle my mind became over women.

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  57. the word of 2011 -  January 4, 2011 - 9:24 pm

    it’s us!

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  58. debs -  January 4, 2011 - 7:10 pm

    Discombobulate and brouhaha are 2 of my all time favorite words, so Im happy ! Dont think much of epic. I keep a list of interesting words on my fridge and try to learn a new one each week.I especially love words that have a lovely sound , brouhaha is one of them, as are serendipity and whimsical!

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  59. judy7984 -  January 4, 2011 - 6:30 pm

    I can’t believe how many people said they’ve never heard the word discombobulate!! I use it, not a lot, but when it’s needed. But epic? come on

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  60. dee -  January 4, 2011 - 6:04 pm

    Some people need to look at the GRE word list if they want to see some amazing words!

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  61. watermelondrea -  January 4, 2011 - 4:47 pm

    epic = best word ever. [:

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  62. Lilliana -  January 4, 2011 - 4:46 pm

    Epic is the most used word at my school. You don’t say, “that’s groovy” any more or,”that’s cool” or “awesome.” Get with the times people! I’ll admit that epic definitely didn’t describe 2010, but it is definitely the most popular

    (I agree with helda Fryeda Reyes too)

    I voted epic

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  63. Meh. -  January 4, 2011 - 4:22 pm

    Epic is overused… but it does characterize 2010, just like groovy was in the 80s or something…

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  64. All Pro -  January 4, 2011 - 2:53 pm

    I “loled” when i saw the word “love” hahaha

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  65. erbou7 -  January 4, 2011 - 2:04 pm

    sure epic may be overly used. but it is in fact an EPIC word. so my vote goes to epic. also if you replace the P with an R it spells my name :)

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  66. Alexandra -  January 4, 2011 - 1:49 pm

    Why “epic” not everything is this world is epic> It’s like so overused it’s like choosing the word “a” as the word.

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  67. splshmn -  January 4, 2011 - 1:25 pm

    I remember hearing discombobulate when I was younger and I think it should come back into popular use… it was my vote and continues to be my WORD OF THE YEAR!!

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  68. MsC -  January 4, 2011 - 12:01 pm

    Well put, Smoothius.

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  69. SC -  January 4, 2011 - 11:42 am

    Discombobulated is my friwnds word! GIVE IT BACK YOU JERK! Love the word though!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  70. Saf -  January 4, 2011 - 11:36 am

    There’s nothing new about overuse of the word “epic” if you have any affiliation with the online gaming community at large. I can remember people abusing the word as far back as 2000, with the release of the first expansion for the online multiplayer game EverQuest (a host of “epic” quests and “epic” weapons were introduced, and people began to misconstrue “epic” as a perceived level of difficulty).

    It didn’t take long to spread after that. I’ve been accustomed to hearing “epic” this and “epic” that for over ten years now. Get a new word of the year. :P

    ~Saf

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  71. Ryan -  January 4, 2011 - 10:02 am

    Love is the best word ever next to plethora which wasn’t even up there but i think bruhaha should have won

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  72. Amanda -  January 4, 2011 - 9:50 am

    Great contest! I’ve heard epic, epicosity, discombobulate often while my husband is gaming online and in tweets. Yes, epic is over used, a lot, and that’s what makes it one of the best words of the 2010. Epic will definitely be one of the words we laugh about years from now.

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  73. RebelVA -  January 4, 2011 - 9:03 am

    Are you serious? Epic is so overused, as is love. Brouhaha or discombobulate should’ve won. Epic is almost as worthless as legit.

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  74. Mr. D [A.K.A] Elysian -  January 4, 2011 - 8:49 am

    Wow, all 5 of these words would’ve never made it into my list for word of the year.

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  75. Random Dude -  January 4, 2011 - 5:19 am

    Epic win!!!

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  76. Eevuh -  January 4, 2011 - 2:27 am

    This is Epic that ‘Epic’ won!

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  77. Luay -  January 3, 2011 - 11:47 pm

    I use “Epic” frequently ^^ i would’ve voted that one :P

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  78. Lulahoop -  January 3, 2011 - 9:42 pm

    Epic, though not a word I use myself, should have been the clear winner. And was.
    Okay, it may not be something that makes the population appear intelligent and it is definitely over-used, BUT it is the only word out of those five that I would look back at in 2030 and think “haha yeah, “epic” – sooooooooo 2010!!!” as it’s pretty much all I heard BECAUSE it was overused, as has been pinted out time and again…

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  79. sheena -  January 3, 2011 - 8:12 pm

    The words are getting to my nerves!!!

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  80. Glace -  January 3, 2011 - 6:59 pm

    Epic? So overused!
    Love? A bit too boring and short…
    Brouhaha? Makes me think of witches around a cauldron. Really UGLY witches…so no.
    Discombobulate? Almost picked it! It’s so fun to say!
    Defenestration? I wish it had won! It is the only word I had to look up, and it has the most interesting/funny meaning. I cannot believe that it didn’t win…

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  81. bonerSOUP -  January 3, 2011 - 6:56 pm

    “EPIC” is the all time best word EVER!!! OR “BONERSOUP”

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  82. Eyewitness -  January 3, 2011 - 5:37 pm

    So lame. You’ve got to be kidding.

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  83. Queen Sardonic -  January 3, 2011 - 5:01 pm

    I don’t think epic should be the word of the year; if you’re going to vote for a WOTY, at least make sure you can use it properly in a sentence!

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  84. lazz -  January 3, 2011 - 4:40 pm

    epicosity epic is epic

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  85. lazz -  January 3, 2011 - 4:39 pm

    epicosity

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  86. dictionary.com user -  January 3, 2011 - 4:37 pm

    epic is a nice word but admittedly over used. I enjoy reading a nice fantasy epic and it is always nice when our team receives an epic victory, but it is often used incorrectly. I agree that a more interesting word would be better. True love is a great word and Jesus’ love for us is great in agreement with helda Fryeda Reyes,but lets use some three or over syllable words like euphonious.

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  87. WOTYANUTS? | BLOGCHI@mayopia.com -  January 3, 2011 - 4:35 pm

    [...] What’s all the Brouhaha? — Haha haha haha — The Defenestration of an Epic Love would Discombobulate any bystander. — WOTYANUTS? — Think it over for a minute — while we take a moment to meander. — That’s enuf. –>>Rupert L.T.Rhyme [...]

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  88. jp -  January 3, 2011 - 4:22 pm

    haha brouhaha best word eva

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  89. helda Fryeda Reyes -  January 3, 2011 - 4:14 pm

    I don’t have any doubt at all that 2010 was really complicated. But thanks to God’s love we have overcome so many things. Thank you, Jesus.

    Love is my favorite word and the most wonderful feeling that a human being can feel. I can just say that for love, Jesus was sent to die for all the human kind and for His Love our sins are forgiven any time we repent.

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  90. Roonil Wazlib -  January 3, 2011 - 4:07 pm

    I can’t say I am overjoyed at the winner, although I can clearly see how it won. Epic was definitely one of the most commonly used words I heard this year, mainly from people who were convinced it was cool, or perhaps “epic” indeed. I suppose it has kind of a cool ring to it though…
    ROONIL WAZLIB FOREVER!!!!!
    AND LONG LIVE HARRY POTTER!!!!!!!!!

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  91. Meteodite -  January 3, 2011 - 3:59 pm

    I love that pseudolinguists are all so outraged at epic’s win, where the other ‘interesting’ words have been circulating in popular obscurity for ten or more years. There’s been nothing special about them in 2010 – and love; that’s like nominating “and”.

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  92. Affe -  January 3, 2011 - 3:36 pm

    Discombobulate and Brouhaha are grand words. I have never heard them used.
    Epic started fine but then was over-used. Would not have been my choice.
    Love is fine, but everyone walks around with hippy peace signs. They don’t understand the meaning of “Love” that they are advertising.
    Defenestration. The nerd word that means something completely random. I was surprised because I am the only one I know that has ever used it.

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  93. Silver -  January 3, 2011 - 3:11 pm

    It’s funny how epic had died by the end of 2010 yet it’s still the word of the year. It’s like the word “pwned”. Though I’ve rarely heard anyone use brouhaha I still find it the funniest out of all of the nominated words. Love was just overused a bit too much this year, I saw it in a lot of photographs. Defenestration was a funny word, very specific, I wouldn’t have minded that to be the word of the year. However I’ve never even heard anyone ever use discombobulate.

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  94. austin -  January 3, 2011 - 2:28 pm

    Love? Ridiculous! JUNK!

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  95. funkypurplelimes -  January 3, 2011 - 2:20 pm

    Well, this is a letdown. Epic is SO overused. The only reason it was chosen is because idiots who find it cool and overuse it voted for it. Not everything is “epic” my friends, and I am highly dissapointed in this choice. One might have though an unusual word that was actually interesting might have won. Oh well, what can I do? Only sigh in dissappointment and shake my head at my computer screen.

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  96. smoothius -  January 3, 2011 - 2:11 pm

    at the epic brouhaha, my love was groped leaving me discombobulated, at which point i performed defenestration on the perpetrator:)

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  97. Demy Andre -  January 3, 2011 - 2:01 pm

    “Epic” is one of my favorite words. I use it frequently without being obnoxious.

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