Another food word on the list:
7. Boneless wings, small hand-held pieces of processed chicken without bones which are often enjoyed in sports bars
"Can we just call them chicken (pieces)?" pleaded John McNamara, of Lansing, Michigan, who nominated the word.
8. Trending, currently popular
"There are lots of ways to say it, but none in as few as eight letters," jokes Nunberg. "It's a little trendy."
Here's one that Pink says has lost its meaning:
9. Bucket list, a personal list of experiences people desire before they die, also known as "kicking the bucket"
This one has got to go, says Pink. There was a time when it could mean something like climbing a mountain, he explains. Now a bucket list can include less-lofty pursuits -- like catching a two-for-one sale at the mall.
Rounding out the rest of the dozen: spoiler alert, guru and double down.
Words and phrases that almost made the list -- but failed: "wheelhouse," "skill set."
Also, Pink singled out an annoying phrase that fell under particular consideration.
That phrase was, "I know, right."
Says Pink, "That one came close."
F-word and A-word
The F-word and the A-word are often nominated for the list, but Pink says offensive words aren't considered. "We try to keep it lighthearted."
Nunberg's book, "Ascent of the A-Word," follows a**hole from its invention by WWII GIs to today, where the word has become a "basic term that a lot of us use all the time in our emotional and moral lives, for example when somebody cuts us off on the highway."
In fact, Nunberg says words from the 1940s -- like the A-word -- are more likely to survive then words invented in the '90s. "You'd think more of the older words would be obsolete now, but no."
More words are being invented now than ever before -- partly because of easy and fast communication on the interwebs. "But the more words that are produced increases the competition," says Nunberg. There's a kind of process of natural selection.
The words that survive often "become signs of important social movements or changes," he says.
The loser words will die -- never to be spoken again by countless mouths of future generations.
Hey little yolo, if you're reading this, you better find some new friends. And fast. If you know what's good for ya.