Campus incidents push ‘to taze’ into the popular lexicon

Higher education can take a bow for its role in helping to push the runner-up word of the year into the spotlight.

According to The Chronicle of Higher Education‘s news blog, “to taze’ is the runner-up word of the year for the New Oxford American Dictionary. As the news blog points out, the verb’s rise owes much to two controversial campus incidents — one at the University of Florida and another at UCLA.

The dictionary chose “locavore” as its 2007 word of the year. The term “refers to a movement that encourages consumers to buy from farmers’ markets or even to grow or pick their own food.”

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Author: andrewcareaga

Higher ed PR and marketing guy. Communications director for Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) in Rolla, Missouri, USA. Slow runner, mediocre guitarist, lover of music and puns, and an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. I blog and Tweet about #highered, #music, #gocards and #random stuff.

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