Merriam-Webster may think that "pragmatic" was 2011's word of the year, as we reported Thursday, but there's certainly lots of room to debate that choice.
And the American Dialect Society has put out its annual call for help in deciding what word it should bestow with the honor.
Last year, the society decided "app" was 2010's top word.
Today on Morning Edition, Boston Globe language columnist Ben Zimmer — who chairs the society's new words committee — told host Renee Montagne that the early favorite is probably "occupy."
Renee Montagne speaks with Ben Zimmer
It is "an old word that has been invested with new meanings" thanks to the Occupy Wall Street movement and all the other occupy protests it has sparked, Zimmer said. "It has become a call to action itself," he added.