’Gangnam Style’ is Collins dictionary’s word of the year

Updated 22 December 2012
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’Gangnam Style’ is Collins dictionary’s word of the year

LONDON: After becoming the most-watched video ever on YouTube, Korean singer Psy’s pop sensation “Gangnam Style” has now booked a place in popular culture with recognition from a renowned British dictionary. “Gangnam Style” has been named among the Collins dictionary’s words of the year along with words such as “fiscal cliff” and “Romneyshambles.” Psy’s song was the dictionary’s word for November — when his horse dance video became YouTube’s most popular clip, ‘Mirror News’ reported. Defeated presidential candidate Mitt Romney made in it July after critics branded his visit to London a “Romneyshambles.” “Jubilympics” was June’s word, while “Games Makers” was August’s due to the volunteers who made the Olympic event in UK a success.
Each word was submitted by the public to the on-line dictionary at www.collinsdictionary.com/submission. However, the publishers said not all 12 words had the staying power to make it to the print edition. “We are astounded by how quickly new trends form. Choosing one word for 2012 didn’t match the pace of change,” Ian Brookes, consulting editor at Collins, said.
“Choosing just one word for 2012 didn’t match the pace at which our language is changing, so we selected one popular word to represent each month from the whole range of those submitted,” he said.


Rapper Common goes back to school to help teachers

Updated 20 July 2018
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Rapper Common goes back to school to help teachers

NEW YORK: Rapper Common has won three Grammys, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award but a recent visit to a New York City school was “humbling” — mainly because many of the students were too young to know his music.
The award-winner showed up at P.S. 111 in midtown Manhattan on Thursday as an ambassador for the Adopt-A-Classroom initiative. He made the surprise appearance with his mother, Dr. Mahalia Hines, to present the school with a $10,000 check.
While Common has a diverse fan base, it probably doesn’t include many fourth and fifth graders. He joked about their reaction when he was introduced.
“The kids they were looking like, ‘Who is this dude? We don’t know him.’ But I’m still just here to connect with children, and connect with the people and our teachers. So, I felt that it was more fun. It is humbling, but it is fun to try and get them to pay attention,” Common said.


According to Adopt-A-Classroom, 96 percent of teachers nationwide bear the cost each year to equip their classrooms with the basic materials students need to learn. The organization estimates that teachers spend more than $700 out of their own pocket each year. The program provides funds for teachers to purchase school supplies.
After addressing the students in the school’s gymnasium, Common went upstairs to visit a classroom. He shared his love of writing, and even recited the lyrics to his acclaimed hit, “Black America Again.”
“When I saw the kids I really was just trying to let them know we were here because we care and that we value them and that they have the world at their hands,” he said.
For the second year in a row, Adopt-A-Classroom has partnered with Burlington Stores. Shoppers can make a $1 donation to the organization at checkout through Aug. 18.