I get a goodly number of not only seed entries, but also some theme ideas from Ben Zimmer. Starting this week, he's been collecting candidates for 2012's Word of the Year. Seems a shade premature to me considering that we've got a whole six weeks left. Although it's probably unlikely that some zeitgeist-changing word and/or phrase will drop in that time, don'tcha think we'd better wait and see just to make sure? Well, that didn't stop the Oxford American Dictionary from naming theirs. (Props to Ben for waiting until the calendar year flips to actually vote on the Word of the Year. He's holding out for that last-minute zeitgeist-changer. He knows it's coming.)
I guess since beating everybody to the punch is all the rage right now, here's your 2012 Puzzle of the Year. That's right. I said it. Go ahead. Try and talk me out of it.
Share the puzzle. New one tomorrow.