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Die-ins, like this one at Union Station in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 6, were conducted across America to protest grand jury decisions not to indict the police officers who killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Linguist Ben Zimmer says that while the word "die-in" isn't new, its increased use makes it a strong candidate for the American Dialect Society's 2014 Word of the Year. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Die-In, Vortex, Selfie Stick: What's The Word Of 2014?

In January, members of the American Dialect Society will vote on the 2014 Word of the Year. Linguist Ben Zimmer runs through some contenders — including words both old and new.

Dr. John Fankhauser, one of the many missionaries battling Ebola, is sprayed with disinfectant at ELWA hospital in Liberia. Courtesy of Bethany Fankhauser hide caption

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These Dedicated Ebola Fighters Are Men And Women On A Mission

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Die-ins, like this one at Union Station in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 6, were conducted across America to protest grand jury decisions not to indict the police officers who killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Linguist Ben Zimmer says that while the word "die-in" isn't new, its increased use makes it a strong candidate for the American Dialect Society's 2014 Word of the Year. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Die-In, Vortex, Selfie Stick: What's The Word Of 2014?

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Dictaphone's Lament Tycho
Evening Gospel Rjd2
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For more than 30 years, Marion Downs pushed for newborns to be screened for hearing loss soon after birth. Marion Downs Center hide caption

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Remembering The Pioneering Audiologist Who Tested Hearing At Birth

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Employees of the U.S. Radium Corp. paint numbers on the faces of wristwatches using dangerous radioactive paint. Dozens of women, known as "radium girls," later died of radium poisoning. One of the last radium girls died this year at 107. Argonne National Laboratory hide caption

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Mae Keane, One Of The Last 'Radium Girls,' Dies At 107

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Run Through the Jungle Creedence Clearwater Revival
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Toot Sweet Count Basie
Fire Flies and Empty Skies God Is an Astronaut

Recent research has shown that zebra finches sing differently when drunk, but not whether they know enough of the lyrics to get through "I Will Survive" or "Don't Stop Believin'." Liza Gross/Courtesy Public Library of Science hide caption

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Scientists Discover That Drunk Birds Sing Like Drunks

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Johnny B. Goode Chuck Berry
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