December 28, AM ET. Last year, the concepts of the 1 percent and the 99 percent were on everyone's mind — giving rise, in a way, to this year's prominent percentage: And, of course, there were the old-fashioned words that resurfaced this year, like malarkey, popularized by Vice President Joe Biden in a debate with Paul Ryan. Gambling metaphors were also big this year, particularly doubling down, a high-risk, high-reward play in blackjack, which can be used in either positive or negative ways — such as when former President Bill Clinton described Romney as someone who will "double down on trickle-down" economics. It could be coming from pop culture, or the tech world — there's a lot of possible choices this year. Since we only live once, will it be YOLO?
When Mitt Romney was caught on tape decrying 47 percent of the American electorate as "dependent on government," he adds, that became "a real touchstone of the election.
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It could be coming from pop culture, or the tech world — there's a lot of possible choices this year. Some words captured public attention for sadder reasons, like superstorm, coined to describe Hurricane Sandy. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. But many news organizations considered Frankenstorm too lighthearted in the wake of the disaster, so the consensus settled on superstorm.