According to Signon SanDiego can one man’s junk be another man’s, well, word of the year? We’ll find out Thursday when members of the American Dialect Society vote for the term that rose to the top of the American lexicon in 2010 during the group’s annual meeting in Pittsburgh.
Junk “is a strong candidate” for the title, said Ben Zimmer, a member of the society’s executive council who writes the “On Language” column for The New York Times Magazine.
The word became a pop-culture favorite in November after Oceanside software engineer John Tyner, 31, used it as part of a warning to Lindbergh Field security agents.
“You touch my junk, and I’m going to have you arrested,” Tyner famously said, during a security pat-down after refusing to undergo a full-body x-ray scan before boarding a flight at the San Diego airport.
The phrase, which was captured on a cell phone video that quickly went viral on the Internet, became a battle cry for people angered by the Transportation Security Administration’s increasingly invasive screening techniques.
New words into the dictionary are constant.” Junk”as a word for 2011 will no doubt find its way to the plastic surgeons office. It is not uncommon for patients to point out to Dr. Stuart Kincaid their unhappiness with what they call “junk “in the trunk. By this, typically they mean the shape of their butt. Dr. Stuart Kincaid explains to his patients that liposuction to shape the upper thigh and crease below the buttocks is very effective in creating a more shapely backside. He cautions patients against buttock implants as they have a high risk of infection and patient dissatisfaction. Dr. Stuart Kincaid consults with each patient individually and creates a plan that would help them to achieve the best results.
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