— A term beloved by techies and geeks has nabbed the title of word of the year from the American Dialect Society.
"App" — a shortening of the word "application," referring to computer software — was picked in a vote by linguists meeting Friday in Pittsburgh. It got 69 votes, defeating "nom" — a chat-, tweet-, and text-friendly syllable that connotes "yummy food" — in a runoff
In the finals, "app" defeated "junk," "WikiLeaks" and "trend," in addition to "nom."
Friday's vote came at a Pittsburgh hotel ballroom during the national conference of the Linguistic Society of America, an umbrella group that includes the Dialect Society.
Here were nominees
the society listed in some of its categories: