Word of the Year 2006


It comes from the fact when IAU decided to demote pluto to dwarf planet category.
Pluto failed to meet the definition of a planet(redefined):
Three main conditions for an object to be considered a ‘planet’:

  1. The object must be in orbit around the Sun.
  2. The object must be massive enough to be a sphere by its own gravitational force. More specifically, its own gravity should pull it into a shape of hydrostatic equilibrium.
  3. It must have cleared the neighborhood around its orbit.

Pluto didn’t satisfied the third condition.

Other Competitors in the list:

CLIMATE CANARY: “an organism or species whose poor health or declining numbers hint at a larger environmental catastrophe on the horizon.”

MURSE : man’s purse.

FLOG : a fake blog that promotes products.

MACACA :an American citizen treated as an alien.

(Republican former Sen. George Allen was ahead in his re-election campaign when he said “macaca,” which some regard as a racial slur, and “welcome to America” in referring to a U.S.-born man of Indian descent who was volunteering for Allen’s opponent. Allen lost to Democrat Jim Webb.)

Last Year Winner –

TRUTHINESS:credited to Comedy Central satirist Stephen Colbert, who defined it as “truth that comes from the gut, not books.”


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