Not that surprisingly, the term podcast been declared as Word of the Year by the New Oxford American Dictionary, according to the BBC. My word of the year is mellifluous. Thinking about it, that is my word of the year ever year. I quite like lambent, too, but mellifluous is better!

For the publishing industry, it would seem that crap, shit or shite should be their word of the year. According to a report in the Independent, "Shit sells. Put something scatological in the title of your book and the bestseller lists beckon."

The trend began with Crap Towns, which spawned Crap Jobs and Crap Cars before a spate of titles, often spoofs, incorporating shit or shite. An online sales surge this week sent Is It Just Me or Is Everything Shit?: The Encyclopaedia of Modern Life, by Alan McArthur and Steve Lowe, to the top of the Amazon charts.

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