Saturday, November 29, 2008

Word of the Year?

“Sad! Remember when GM cars ruled the roads, America ruled the world, and men were men?”

Gawker today collects 10 automobile ads out of Detroit in the 1930s. They harken back to a simpler time when “bailout” indicated the action required after the puddle you’d driven through proved to be too deep, not the word of the year.

The top ten words of 2008 paint a portrait of (ahem) change. Or at least turmoil (confusion?):

1. bailout
2. vet
3. socialism
4. maverick
5. bipartisan
6. trepidation
7. precipice
8. rogue
9. misogyny
10. turmoil

With a list like that, it’s pretty clear we live in interesting times. Who laid the curse down?

The Gawker car ads are here.

2 comments:

pattinase (abbott) said...

Yes, living in Detroit right now is quite depressing. The number of cars sitting in lots is not much greater than the number of houses waiting foreclosure. Oh, and empty storefronts are in the race too.

Linda L. Richards said...

Sad, sad. We get a bit of that where I am, too. Though right now to me, it feels like everyone is holding their breath.