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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Bush gets plutoed

From Language Log:

Breaking news from Anaheim, where the American Dialect Society is holding its annual meeting: the winner of the 2006 Word of the Year vote is (drum roll, please)... plutoed.

To pluto, as the ADS press release states, means "to demote or devalue someone or something, as happened to the former planet Pluto when the General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union decided Pluto no longer met its definition of a planet."

A recent Andy Borowitz humor column (which I caught in the January 2007 Funny Times) reports that the Bush presidency has been plutoed:
An international group of scientists who demoted the planet Pluto to dwarf status three months ago met in Oslo, Norway today and reclassified the Bush White House as a dwarf Presidency.

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