The American Dialect Society has declared that pope-squatting is the new term least likely to succeed for 2005, rating it ahead of the acronym GSAVE (global struggle against violent extremism) and Brangelina, the nickname given to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
The society defines the term as a verb that means "registering a domain name that is the same of a new pope before the pope chooses his new name in order to profit from it."
Past winners of the "least likely to succeed" award:
- 2004: FLOHPA, noun, "collectively, the states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, said to have been important in the 2004 American presidential election. From the postal codes for the three states: FL, OH and PA."
- 2003: tomacco: noun, "a hybrid of tomato and tobacco, which happens to be poisonous."
- 2001: Osamaniac, noun, "Woman sexually attracted to Osama bin Laden."
- 2000: kablokeys, noun, "a hard-to-pronounce and obscure word used in phrases like It scared the kablokeys out of me."
- 1998: compfusion, noun, "confusion over computers."
I'm still holding out hope for googlemilking, a word I devised for a game to find phrases like "I'm totally straight but" that lend themselves to hilarious, off-color or unintentionally self-revealing results in Google.
The game hasn't taken off -- use it in Google and you'll be asked, "did you mean: googlewanking" -- but it has given me the number one spot for the search term totally straight.