December 30, 2013

2013 Word of the Year

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Writing Prompt: Word of the Year 2013

Have you ever noticed that the way people talk changes over time? Words that used to be popular start to sound annoying after a while, and new words that you never heard of before start to sound cool and fun. So today’s Writing Prompt is a question for you. What was the most popular new word of 2013?

The American Dialect Society chooses a word every year that highlights what’s prominent in the world of grown-ups that year. In 2012, the word was “hashtag” because everyone was summarizing their thoughts with clever and sometimes annoying catchphrases like #yolo, and #epicfail. PS. the hashtag is the little number sign before the word.

Here are some of the words that STACKers voted for last year.


NOW it is time for you to vote for a new Word of the Year. This year’s word should be:

  • new or newly popular in 2013
  • widely and/or prominently used in 2013
  • OR about something that’s popular in 2013

What’s YOUR word of the year for 2013? Leave a Comment to tell us what word was on everyone’s lips at your school in 2013.

Have a happy new year!!!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

  1. lavendercat451

    One Direction!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. purpleblue592

    I think that is a great idea doing a word of the year that can be fun. you can also make fantastic topic and get an A

  3. First Name Only or STACKS username

    I think that doing a word of the year is great, it can be a word u used all year and make a great story with it

  4. donut eater

    cray cray crayon is one of them, omg is still one of em, yolo, hashtag, amaze balls , totally times ten, selfie, twerk is a weird one but its probably the top one

  5. pinkbutterfly

    Everyone at my school uses the words “Yolo”, and “Swag”.
    Yolo means You only live once. Some people think Yolo is partying all night and doing illegal things but really Yolo is doing once in a lifetime things like Skydiving.
    Swag is the definition of you. Its who you are and how you appear to others. For example lets say i went to the mall and got the new Jordan’s called Gamma 12′s and a new Aeropostale or Hollister outfit and the next day i go to school and everyone says i have swag.

  6. catgymnastics173

    “Cray Cray” is still not old school! Hey, there’s another! “Old school!”


  7. catgymnastics173

    I think I should add one to the list. “Hair-ca-bob” is like a word no one’s ever heard. It means pony-tail holder! So, that’s first place. “Ultra-amaze” in second, “Furby” in third. “Yolo” is still on the list as fourth place! Fifth place is “epic”, but it’s still a cool word.

  8. singingheart22

    It is all true; there have been some (oh, who am I kidding; many!) ultra-amazing, memorable words that we have just decided is “in” this year. A lot of it is plain slang, others are the names of trending Hollywood stars, and some are even the names of books. But the word battle has officially arisen now for 2013–which one of these obviously popular words has been the perfect fit for 2013?
    Being a curious and talented performer/writer, my opinion is that the three slang words, “delish,” “far-out,” and “amaze-balls” have really taken over our lives during this change-filled, much too short year. “Delish” is the shortened form of “delicious.” The world has been encouraged to try new things this year, including food, so it isn’t unusual that this word would find its way out of our snacking mouths. “Amaze-balls” is just a synonym to “amazing.” It’s been used on TV shows and movies. So we have been inspired to use the exact same language. “Far-out” means “totally cool.” It has even been used on the STACKS for many things! What do you think? Let’s try to word up 2014!

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