January 9, 2007


plutoed: to demote or devalue someone or something much like what happened go the former planet last year when the General Assembly of the International Union decided Pluto didn’t meet its definition of a planet. v.

“’Plutoed’ was chosen 2006 Word of the Year by the American Dialect Society at its annual meeting on Friday.”

“’Plutoed won in a runoff against ‘climate canary,’ defined as an organism or species whose poor health or declining numbers hint at a larger environmental catastrophe on the horizon”

“Other words in the running: murse (man’s purse), flog (a fake blog that promotes products) and macaca (an American citizen treated as an alien.”
--The Assoicated Press, Jan. 7, 2007.

Bloggin’ John Comments:
In terms of syntax, plutoed is, of course, a verb, as in “We was plutoed!” As a noun, Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable defines Pluto in the manner of the ancient Greeks: “The grave, or the god of that [underworld] region where the dead go.”

Pluto is the Latin name for Hades, king of the Underworld. If one of the planets had “to go down," Pluto was an apt candidate for demotion, for among its partners, its name is the only one whose story prominently involves a human's doomed movement downward.

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