Friday, April 26, 2013
The word or phrase chosen is meant to be one that best reflects the language and preoccupations of the year gone by.
Here are the words of the past ten years:
2004 red state, blue state, purple state
Word of the decade google
Word of the 20th century jazz
Word of the millennium she (See below)
Yes, she, the feminine pronoun. Before the year 1000, there was no she in English; just heo, which singular females had to share with plurals of all genders because it meant they as well. In the twelfth century, however, she appeared, and she has been with us ever since. She may derive from the Old English feminine demonstrative pronoun seo or sio, or from Viking invasions.
Have a suggestion for the word of 2013?
Posted by thelmaz at 12:11 PM