The Guardian have wittily come up with some new buzzwords for the year ahead. My favourites are…

Indignitaries: Armies of people whose lives have become so dormant they can be emobilised (summoned online) to take retrospective offence, normally on behalf of someone else, at pretty much anything that happens or is said on the BBC.

Fiscalamity: As in “we’re heading for a fiscalamity”, the final words from Mervyn King’s emotional speech on the day in 2012 when the money finally runs out and the Bank of England is forced to auction off all national treasures. North Korea snaps up Lady Thatcher, Dame Judi Dench is bought by China, but, at the 11th hour, David Attenborough is found to be covered by the Antarctic treaty and made available to everyone for peaceful and scientific purposes.

On Twitter recently, someone used the new abbreviation HNY (ie happy new year); I can’t decide if that’s brilliance prompted by the restricted character limit and a valid addition to the modern lexicon of initialisms, or just damn lazy.

Nevertheless, these instances are evidence of the rich texture and variety of English, and add to its existing two million or so words (depending on how you count: David Crystal‘s illuminating book The English Language – crimbo present, cheers bro! – gives no definite answers).

It certainly makes me glad that our language is still playful, flexible and growing, so here’s to a wordy 2012!

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