Let's be clear: I'm not slacking off (except in the subgenius sense — I've always pulled the wool over my own eyes). Just been pretty down after a harsh attack on the recent Petraeus / Betray us post. No, it wasn't a rightwing nut job going off on me about treason. It was a contributor to this blog who indelicately noted, in so many words, that Petraeus can't be an aptronym. And they wouldn't buy my argument that it's about homophony.
Over on ADS, there's been some early stirring on WOTY candidates. One of my lackies will, I trust, nominate peevology / peevologist for most useful, if not Word of the Year directly. Aptronym isn't new but seems to have picked up some steam this year. I'm not overwhelmed by the suggestions I've heard so far ... .
PS: Nice piece in the NYT today about endangered languages, here. (Thanks, anon.)