George Orwell's dead ears must be ringing because banning words is so hot rn! So says TIME magazine, which once named you (you!) the Person of the Year. Today, TIME posted a "reader poll" asking which internet neologisms and tired portmanteaux should retire and move to Naples at year's end.
This exercise perhaps has the propensity to be a Fun Thing, but TIME decided to be edgy and include the word "feminist" in the poll, among other innocuous contenders such as "bossy," "literally," and "obvi." Guess which word is winning with 44 percent of the vote (as of press time).
Unsurprisingly, the internet is mad. Therefore, we at Gawker have decided to make a rival poll, with better words, because we think the tradition of policing human language is one that should continue in good cheer! So: Which word should REALLY be banned in 2015? Definitions and poll below!
Booty: butt, or a great deal of treasure.
Clickbait: the sound a worm makes when it is successfully attached to a fishing lure.
Cunt: if you call a woman this online, you've never had sex.
Daddy-o: a cool guy (see cool).
Explainer: also known as every article on Wikipedia.org.
Female: an inaccurate way to refer to a woman online.
Fleek: on point.
Journalism: a fancy word for the industry in which stock photos are resized.
Jinx, you owe me a Coke!: if you say the same word or phrase at the same time as someone else, and then you owe that person a Coke. It's the law.
Longform: a really boring article is described this way to make it sound more interesting.
Reason: a word men use when they want their arguments to sound more legitimate.
Shaming (suffix): mentioning someone or something.
Slow news day: every day of the year.
Square: a loser.
Viral: a type of illness that cannot be treated with antibiotics.
Woody: an erection.
Wunderkind: someone with good connections.
[Image by Jim Cooke]