- Driving without shoes (to increase the foot’s sensitivity on the pedals) (also known as "Driving home from the beach."),
- Parking so that you don’t have to back up to exit the space, and
- “Ridge-riding” or driving with your tires lined up with the white line at the edge of the road to avoid driving through water-filled ruts in the road when it’s raining.
Yes, driving with tires lined up on the white lines. Are you kidding me? I was under the impression that those "water filled ruts" on the road were so you didn't engage in another driving technique, that of hydroplaning! While it is true that you will be saving gasoline as your car glides atop the sheet of water without the tires even touching the asphalt and sails uncontrollably across the Interstate before careening into a semi-truck and bursting into an inferno of flames, it's really kind of worth it to use that extra tablespoon of gas and keep your damn tires on the freaking road! But that might just be me. It's hard to say. But whatever, that's your WOTY. Try not to kill yourself.
- Frugalista: "A person who leads a frugal lifestyle, but stays fashionable and healthy by swapping clothes, buying second-hand, growing own produce, etc." (OK, when did "growing own produce" become "frugal" as opposed to "granola"?
- Moofer: "A mobile out of office worker – ie. someone who works away from a fixed workplace, via Blackberry/laptop/wi-fi etc." Sooooo...everyone? The moofers and the shakers? Isn't this what you yell when you have one of those hypermilers in front of you on the freeway? "Moofer to the right lane so I can pass you, you jackass!" Ah, I thought so!
- Topless meeting: "A meeting in which the participants are barred from using their laptops, Blackberries, cellphones, etc." So if you're a 'moofer', just be prepared to 'go topless'. For the good of the company, of course.
Toxic debt: "Mainly sub-prime debts that are now proving so disastrous to banks." So, sub-prime mortgages? (Why do they do this? Are they trying to be all tricky? It doesn't work.)
- Carrot mob: "A flashmob type of gathering, in which people are invited via the Net to all support and reward a local small ethical business such as a shop or café by all patronizing it at the same time. Also as noun, carrotmobbing." (Never heard of it. This is possibly something the WOTY folks made up to fill out the list of WOTY candidates.)
- Ecohacking: "The use of science in very large-scale projects to change the environment for the better/stop global warming (e.g. by using mirrors in space to deflect sunlight away from Earth)." Are we doing this? Where exactly are these big mirrors? Is that why it was so hot today? It's November, for cryin' out loud! Knock it off.)
- Hockey mom: This is self explanatory. ("Lipstick" noticeably absent from WOTY list.)
- Link bait: "Content on a website that encourages a user to place links to it from other websites." Huh. So it's not using sausages to catch fish. Interesting. Note to self....
- Luchador: "A wrestler, an exponent of lucha libre (Spanish for ‘free wrestling’.) They might mean "an opponent", as "an exponent" is a math notation designating the power of a number. But, then again, maybe it's right and it just means "powerful Mexican wrestling guy". Maybe.
- Rewilding: "The process of returning an area to its original wild state/flora/fauna etc." But what was it before it was "rewilded"? Is that process "dewilding"? "Unwilding"? "Miswilding"?
- Staycation: "Vacation taken at or near one’s home, taking day trips, etc." Also the last and least well-known installment of the Chevy Chase 'Vacation' movies.
- Tweet: "A short message sent via the Twitter service, using a cellphone or other mobile device." I thought that was 'Twittering". But it's 'tweet'? So to Twitter, you tweet? If you're tweeting, you're Twittering? If you tweeted, you've Twittered? Is there a Puddy Tat involved with this? It feels like there should be.
- Wardrobe: "Has become a verb, as in: Ms. Mendes has a long-standing relationship with the house of Calvin Klein and has been wardrobed by Calvin Klein Collection." So, "dressed"? "Wearing clothes"?