Name of the Year 2014: Ferguson

Fictional Name: Elsa (character in “Frozen”)

Personal Name: Malala (Yousufzai, Nobel Peace prize winner)

Place Name: Ferguson (Missouri town famed for protests over police violence)

Trade Name: Uber (smartphone app-based transportation network)

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Name of the Year 2013: Francis

Pope_FrancisFictional Name: Ender Wiggin (character in “Ender’s Game”)

Personal Name: Francis (Roman Catholic Pope)

Place Name: Syria

Trade Name: Obamacare (nickname of Affordable Care Act)

Name of the Year: Francis

Name of the Year 2012: Sandy

Fictional Name: Downton Abbey (television program title)

Personal Name: Malala (Yousafzai, Pakistani advocate for girls’ education)

Place Name: Gangnam (Seoul, Korea district made famous in video)

Trade Name: Fiscal Cliff (political event)

Name of the Year: Sandy (hurricane)

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Name of the Year 2011: Arab Spring

Special Recognition: Arab Spring (international political event)

Fictional Name: Lisbeth Salander (character in “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”)

Personal Name: Qaddafi, Kathafi, Khadafy, etc. (multispelled name of Libyan dictator)

Place Name: Fukushima (Japanese nuclear powerplant)

Trade Name: Siri (voice activated digital assistant for IPhone)

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Name of the Year 2010: Eyjafjallajökull

volcanoFictional Names: Quinn and Finn (characters in “Glee”)

Personal Name: Lady Gaga

Place Name: Eyjafjallajökull (Icelandic volcano)

Trade Name: Tea Party (political movement)

Name of the Year: Eyjafjallajökull

Name of the Year 2009: Salish Sea

Special Recognition: H1N1 (influenza virus)

Fictional Name: Max (character in “Where the Wild Things Are”)

Personal Name: Chesley Burnett “Sully” Sullenberger (airline pilot)

Place Name: Salish Sea

Trade Name: Twitter

Name of the Year: Salish Sea

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Name of Year 2008: Barack Hussein Obama

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Fictional Name: Edward (character in “Twilight”)

Personal Name: Barack Hussein Obama

Place Name: Wasilla (Alaska home town of S. Palin)

Trade Name: Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac

Name of the Year: Barack Hussein Obama