The word of the year for 2012 is hashtag. #Hashtag, a word someone also dared to name a baby in 2012 ... so, I guess that cements it. In a final vote of 118 to 99 in a runoff against marriage equality (winner of "Most Likely to Succeed"), at the annual Word of the Year event held by the American Dialect Society, hashtag took it home. A round of applause for the word lover's version of the Academy Awards. That was exciting!
There were other wins, too, as there were a number of categories also up for votes. According to the results tweeted by the @AmericanDialect Society, here are the category winners, along with their competition (additions to our earlier list of finalists were nominated from the floor):
WINNER: In a runoff with YOLO, -(po)calypse, -(ma)geddon nabbed it, 115-62.
WINNER: gate lice, after a runoff with mansplaining (93-90)
WINNER: legitimate rape, 94 votes
#woty12 "legitimate rape" is Most Unnecessary WotY (to no applause)— Am. Dialect Society (@americandialect) January 4, 2013
WINNER: legitimate rape, 156 votes
WINNER: self-deportation, 142 votes
MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED
WINNER: marriage equality, 156 votes
LEAST LIKELY TO SUCCEED
WINNER (TIE): YOLO and phablet, 91-92
#woty12 Within the margin of error, thus co-winners! "phablet" and "YOLO" are Least Likely to Succeed— Am. Dialect Society (@americandialect) January 4, 2013
WINNER: Binders full of women, 107 votes
#woty12 "binders full of women", despite being not lexicalized, is the Election Word of the Year— Am. Dialect Society (@americandialect) January 4, 2013