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2006 Word of the Year: Plutoed

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The brains behind the American Dialect Society announced the "Word of the Year" at their annual conference at the Anaheim Hilton on Friday: Plutoed. As in: "To pluto is 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."

"Plutoed" just beat out runner-up "climate canary," which the society describes as "an organism or species whose poor health or declining numbers hint at a larger environmental catastrophe on the horizon." Now how lame is that canary phrase? It doesn't even come close to the coolness that 2005's "truthiness" oozed.

Had we found out about the nominating period in late December, we would have put our own personal favorites into the ring, like: PlayStation stampede, stingray-ed or even a little Alpo marinara?

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