Past Words of the Year
Choosing a Word of the Year, or WOTY, is not new. In fact, a quick Google search showed me that Germany has been doing this since 1971. For the USA, the American Dialect Society has been choosing a general WOTY since 1990. Sometimes it’s one word, but it could be multiple words or even a phrase.
1992 – Not!
Oh boy, everyone was saying this! “Sure you can have the last slice of cake. NOT!”
2006 – Plutoed
Poor Pluto was demoted to a dwarf planet which became synonymous with any one or thing having less of a value. I still love you, Pluto!
2014 – Bae
While kids still use this to refer to someone they “love” (Before All Else), let’s not forget that it was also once used as the Danish word for poop. Just sayin’.
Choosing a Word of the Year
These words are all chosen based on popularity or representation of the year’s public climate. Sometimes this is from politics or entertainment, but they are always chosen at the end of the year based on the last 12 months.
But at the end of 2016, I heard of a different WOTY trend. (Yes, for many of you I am behind the times for just hearing about this.) Instead of waiting for the end of the year for an organization to reflect, take submissions, and make the final choice (2016’s is “Dumpster Fire” by the way), let’s make this personal.
Choose a word and claim it for 2017!
My 2017 Word of the Year
After spending time in prayer and considering different options, one word kept sticking out to me: