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'GIF' beats out 'YOLO' and 'superstorm' to become Word of the Year

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Sorry, “Super PAC.” Your loss, “Eurogeddon.” The eggheads at Oxford American Dictionaries have spoken — and they’ve decreed that 2012’s Word of the Year is, officially, GIF, a verb meaning “to create a GIF file of (an image or video sequence, especially relating to an event).”

GIFs weren’t invented this year, but 2012 was a pretty big year for animated photos — as the dictionary’s blog notes, huge events like the London Olympics and the American presidential election gave Internet users countless opportunities to show off their GIFing skills. Several GIF-focused Tumblrs such as whatshouldwecallme also blew up this year, bringing GIFS to a wider audience than ever.

Really, though, GIF may have been anointed because its competitors were so weak. Here are a few of the other words Oxford American Dictionary considered:

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Most popular baby names of 2010: 'Lost,' 'Twilight,' and more pop culture inspirations

swift-twilight-lostBaby Center has released their list of most popular baby names for 2010, compiled from the thousands of names eager parents shared over the last 12 months. For boys, Aiden tops the list for the sixth year in a row (which, according to Editor-in-chief Linda Murray, is due to the fact that you can “spell that name in 46 different ways.” Sure, just ask Phaedra). Jacob, as in the mysterious man we spent six years of our lives trying to figure out (not that I’m bitter or anything), or a certain hunky werewolf, and Jackson (comma Michael) round out the top three, while Sophia, Isabella, and Olivia (Wilde, Munn, Palermo?) topped the list for girls. Despite early reports, trendy names like Sookie and Castiel (also known as Anna Paquin’s character on True Blood and Misha Collins on Supernatural) lost some steam by year’s end, falling out of the Top 100. But the pop culture connections continue. Other notable names include Taylor (our Entertainer of the Year), Bella (long live the Twihards), Grayson (pass Big Joe; red wine all around!), and Levi (stop the madness).

Of course, these names could all be the result of the personal preferences of the children’s parents… but we don’t like to think of it that way here at PopWatch. There is always a higher power at hand, be it The Wire, Christopher Nolan, Kanye West, or Andy Cohen. Given my pop culture obsessions, sometimes I wish my name was referential, connected to a larger shared experience or feeling. My friend is named after Hall & Oates’ “Sara Smile” which makes me all warm and fuzzy inside, and Bill and Hill notably named daughter Chelsea after Judy Collins’ take on “Chelsea Morning.”

Would you name your child after a pop culture reference, or do you save those for your pets? And if you are the victim of your parents’ obsessive fandom, speak up!

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Parents naming their kids after fictional characters

'Wheel of Fortune' contestant makes an impressive solve -- with one letter!

Twenty-seven letters. No ‘R.’ One ‘L.’ Would you be willing to take a stab at solving that Wheel of Fortune puzzle? Probably not. (Especially when people make mistakes like this.) But on Friday, Wheel contestant Caitlin Burke had a particularly good feeling about the puzzle in front of her and decided to solve, much to the shock of host Pat Sajak and the audience. Take a look after the jump.

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Lunchtime Poll: Which new word most belongs in the Oxford English Dictionary?

It’s my favorite day of the year! “New words, senses, and phrases have been added to the New Oxford English Dictionary!” Among the boring ones like “big media” and something called “cloud computing” (clearly an acid trip-induced flight of fantasy in the Internet’s wild imagination) are staycation, LMAO, LBD, tramp stamp, TTYL, unfriend, and webisode. “What’s not to like?” No, really, that is one of the New Phrases. And the answer is a lot. READ FULL STORY

Lunchtime Poll: Don Draper's new hit single?

Is anyone considering taking up swimming after last night’s Mad Men? I was going to start jogging one of these days, but that’s so pedestrian. I’m a woman of distinction in New York City. I gotta own it. I gotta go swimming. Swimming is my new thing. You should also be swimming. We should all be in pools all the time. I could blog from the pool. Yes, it is settled. I am going to swim the hell out of autumn.

Don Draper in a Swimsuit. Thank you AMC. Vote below.

Read more:
‘Mad Men’ recap: A swimmingly good time
All Jon Hamm-related items on PopWatch

Annie on Twitter: @EWAnnieBarrett

'Pants on the Ground' idea-theft SCANDAL!

In case anyone still cares about “Pants On the Ground,” there is currently a bit of online outrage that Larry Platt may have ripped off the Green Brothers’ “Pockets on the Floor.” Oh no! A different older gentleman once meandered his way through a song with no melody about pulling your pants up! The Green Brothers posted their 1996 almost-hit on YouTube and wrote in the description: “The General’s song have [sic] the same intent, idea and in part the same message. YOU BE THE JUDGE AMERICA!!” Yes, by all means.

More “Pants on the Ground” on EW.com
Did Larry Platt borrow a Moby riff?
The General on The View
‘Neil Young’ does ‘Pants on the Ground’

'Carnie Wilson: Unstapled': The only way I'd watch...

Carnie-Wilson-operation_l…is if it were an animated tragicomedy series based on the Operation! board game. That’s what it sounds like, right? This seems fair. Which is worse — movies on The Weather Channel or a Carnie Wilson weight-loss reality show on Game Show Network? Also wait a minute: Is the general public at all interested in Carnie Wilson? Munch on something from the Bread Basket and then get back to me.

Photo Credit: David Livingston/Getty Images; Master J. Castro

'Prince of Persia' tagline needs rewriting! Help!

Prince-Persia-poster_lThe just-released poster for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time looks much like the video game on which the movie is based. We're not very happy with the film's "Defy the Future" tagline, though, and, in honor of all of Jake Gyllenhaal's extraneous shackles and armbands, would like to suggest "He's Got Hardware" instead. Your suggestions?

By the bye, if you're not into gaming, Gyllenhaal, or movies, but wouldn't mind a dreamscape-y tune with a thematic tie to the project, check out "Sands of Time" by Cut Copy.

Quote of the Day: 'It's Cookie Time' Edition

"Cigars…cigarettes…cookies…" –the eponymous girl-gaggle of the inimitable Shelley Long vehicle Troop Beverly Hills (quote’s at 1:12 but "come on down" for the whole clip — it’s Cookie Time!)

Best unintentionally funny video of the day: Motörhead's 'It's Obama!'

British heavy metal band Motörhead big-ups Barack Obama. (Just change the chorus to "It’s Obama! It’s Obama!")

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