Drat! "Teabagger" merely runner-up for word of the year! 

Your tramp stamp: Also not J.P.'s problem.


 

Awwww! Beltway Confidential is finding her blog colleagues all shy and bashful for not noting earlier this week that "teabagger" was among the runners-up for this year's New Oxford American Dictionary's 2009 Word of the Year.

And yes, the publisher notes -- they included the word as a reference to those who protest President Obama's fiscal policies. What were you thinking?

But you are dying to know: What was the word of the year?

Unfriend.

We feel that one. Having been unfriended with fuming alacrity several times over the past year on Facebook, it does seem like unfriend is an appropriate choice. Some other also-rans:

hashtag - a # [hash] sign added to a word or phrase that enables Twitter users to search for tweets (postings on the Twitter site) that contain similarly tagged items and view thematic sets.

intexticated - distracted because texting on a cellphone while driving a vehicle
netbook - a small, very portable laptop computer with limited memory.

tramp stamp - a tattoo on the lower back, usually on a woman.

sexting - the sending of sexually explicit texts and pictures by cellphone.

birther - a conspiracy theorist who challenges President Obama's US birth certificate

death panel - a theoretical body that determines which patients deserve to live, when care is rationed


                       

                                                        

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