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.”