What's the top entertainer-coined word of the year?

A editor of the Oxford American College Dictionary announced on The Rachael Ray Show last week that "EVOO" will become an official part of our language. Like it isn’t already. Ugh! Okay. Like Slezak, I don’t particularly mind Rachael Ray. When she was confined to Food Network, I warmed to her because whenever she dumped a recipe’s finished contents onto a plate, she’d make a hearty, uninhibited growl, like "Yay-uh!" or "Hoo-ah!" or just "Unnnnhh!" I found this endearing. That said, I am getting tired of having her and the little yellow AOL man be the only two characters I can count on seeing hundreds of times a day. And for the record, R-squared totally didn’t come up with EVOO herself. People have been using it ever since acronyms became legal, i.e., forever. If you play "Strawberry Fields" backwards, John Lennon even says it. Not to mention, Ray kind of negates the entire concept by clarifying "YOU KNOW, EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL" after each usage. We know.

What other words or catchphrases from 2006 do we think should become legit? Auf, obviously. In fact, a friend who’s a graduate student in medieval studies triumphantly forwarded me an urgent message from the American Dialect Society’s listserv with the subject "Auf (v.)," which cited the term’s usage in many major news outlets (and, duh, blogs). Ha! I’m talking about listservs on an entertainment blog. Such a nerd. Anyway, Truthiness is Merriam-Webster’s pick for 2006, even though the ADS picked it last year. So what else? I’m sure we can do better than Carbon Neutral. I refuse to say SexyBack, even though I just did. And while we’re on topic, which words can we please ban? I’ll start: Paris Hilton. Bloggable. Organic. Holiday Tree. This s— is B-A-N-A-N-A-S.

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  • lesley

    look up lucid tv, new online comic strip, very funny

  • kellye

    biopic. soooo sick of that damn word! i never heard it and then one day, it was everywhere. what the?!

  • Pennagirl

    Worst (or please ban):
    Hardcore
    WWF
    Lanced
    Best word would there actually be one? Rachael Ray has been using EVOO for SEVERAL years now, not new.

  • Aleks

    I think we’ve had enough of adding the “Mc-” prefix to everyword we can think of. It gets Mcnoyingly Mcstuck in your Mchead all the Mcdamn Mctime. There’s only two certified coined uses of the Mc- prefix, Grey’s Anatomy’s McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey) and McSteamy (Eric Dane).

  • mikey

    They haven’t caught on like they should, but I nominate:
    “Catastrof**k” – Jon Stewart
    “Dramatical” – Flavor Flav
    Of course if Stephen Colbert’s “Wikiality” doesn’t get due recognition, I can just post an entry somewhere on the Internets that says it is an officially recognized word of the year and it will be so.
    Since “Show Me the Money” got the axe, can we put an offcial end to Shat-anything? That whole commercial campaign was really Shatnoying.

  • Allan

    Please ban “At the end of the day . . . .” Also, in reference to kellye’s comment, I heard “biopic” pronounced with the accent on the second syllable.

  • mikey

    And while we’re at it, can we take “being thrown under the bus” and throw it under the bus?

  • sarah

    i am sick of hearing about shows jumping the shark. definitely an overused phrase.
    I agree that Mc is also very annoying.

  • kriselda jarnsaxa

    Mikey – as a viewer of “Top Chef”, I have to tell you that if we banned “thrown under the bus” from the English language, you’d EASILY be cutting out half of “cheftestants” dialogue! That, of course, would make the show run short and to make up the time, they might actually have to include some footage of them cooking or something horrible like that! Sheesh – are you trying to ruin EVERYTHING?
    :)

  • BB

    “Having a dialog”, I absolutely hate that. You can not “Dialog” with anyone, unless you are in a play. People have conversations.

  • Andie

    Sarah, yes! In my opinion “jump the shark” is THE most overused term, at least on TV-related websites. It has completely lost it’s meaning. It is supposed to be one single defining moment, not something that happens every week! Enough! Every time I hear/read it I want to scream!

  • Kaybar

    To Andie and Sarah: God bless you, my children. Words cannot express how tired I am of that phrase “jumped the shark”. Is it redundant to say that the phrase itself has jumped the shark?
    Also, I’m sick of people referring to Donald Trump as “The Donald” and thinking that it sounds clever and trendy.

  • Jen O.

    Vajayjay. (And I don’t even watch Grey’s Anatomy.)

  • HD

    I know these have been around for a while but that’s even more reason to ban them:
    “It is what it is”
    “Back in the day”
    If I hear either of these said by anyone ever again I just might snap!

  • Allan

    Another one I hate from Grey’s Anatomy is “Seriously?” It’s so arch and cute, it makes me want to hurl.

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