Skip to main content

LATEST UPDATES: Election 2020: Live Results | Tracking COVID-19 | Racial Justice

Grant Barrett’s Annual Words Of The Year

Grant Barrett, co-host of the public radio show

Above: Grant Barrett, co-host of the public radio show "A Way With Words," leafs through a dictionary in this undated photo.


Grant Barrett, co-host of public radio's A Way With Words, vice president, American Dialect Society.


Joanne Faryon speaks with Grant Barrett about the words of 2011.

Evening Edition airs weekdays at 5 PM and 6:30 PM on KPBS TV.

Grant Barrett's annual words of the year column in the New York Times features words and terms that floated into our consciousness in 2011. A few of the "new" words are:

Arab Spring

99 percenters



9-9-9 Plan

Bath Salts

Human Megaphone




We'll find out what they mean, and whether they'll last or be forgotten. And we also discuss the words that have special meaning to San Diego.


San Diego News Matters podcast branding

KPBS' daily news podcast covering local politics, education, health, environment, the border and more. New episodes are ready weekday mornings so you can listen on your morning commute.

  • Your curated weekly guide to local arts and culture in San Diego, from Arts Calendar Editor Julia Dixon Evans, delivered to your inbox every Thursday afternoon.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Midday Edition banner

KPBS Midday Edition is a daily radio news magazine keeping San Diego in the know on everything from politics to the arts.

Want more KPBS news?
Find us on Twitter and Facebook, or sign up for our newsletters.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.