It’s that time of the year again, when the New Oxford American Dictionary makes its big announcement : The 2007 Word of the Year. That's right folks, it's TWOTY time and only one word can win, and what a word it is, oh boy. The latest and greatest word is...wait for it..."LOCAVORE."
What's a locavore? Well, we're glad you asked:
"The “locavore” movement encourages consumers to buy from farmers’ markets or even to grow or pick their own food, arguing that fresh, local products are more nutritious and taste better. Locavores also shun supermarket offerings as an environmentally friendly measure, since shipping food over long distances often requires more fuel for transportation."
Apparently the word was coined two years ago by four women in San Francisco who encouraged local residents to eat only food grown or produced within a 100-mile radius of the city.
A few of our favorite runners-up for the 2007 Word of the Year include "mumblecore" (an independent film movement featuring low-budget production), "tase" (to stun with a Taser..duh!), and "upcycling" (transforming waste materials into something more useful or valuable). You can read all about it here.