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Word of the Year


“In its 18th annual words of the year vote, the American Dialect Society voted “subprime” as the word of the year. Subprime is an adjective used to describe a risky or less than ideal loan, mortgage, or investment. Subprime was also winner of a brand-new 2007 category for real estate words, a category which reflects the preoccupation of the press and public for the past year with a deepening mortgage crisis. “

The newsreader on NPR mentioned that subprime has turned into a verb used by teenagers.  “I subprimed that test” = “I did not perform well on that test.”  Ha, ha, ha…


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