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Gambit's 2013 Year in Review 

A look at the strangest, most interesting and in some cases, most alarming stories of the year.

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Words of the Year 2013

Compiled by Alex Woodward

Gentrification
noun: a socio-economic shift in an urban community welcoming wealthier residents at the expense of poor residents who can't afford rising property values raised by outside investors; usually used incorrectly to describe a restaurant's small plates menu

Hobbit
noun: James O'Keefe; see also: scum, snail, horse's ass
"All of you, you're hobbits. You are less than I can ever tell you." — former U.S. Attorney Jim Letten to provocateur James O'Keefe, who attempted to deliver a copy of his book Breakthrough: Our Guerrilla War to Expose Fraud and Save Democracy, on Tulane University's campus and to Letten's home

Iconic Structure
noun: A carousel? Or is it a "sky wheel"? Whatever ends up at the World Trade Center site. That thing

Le Diner en Blanc
noun: a dinner party in which attendees pay to bring their own food and drink, as well as their own tables and chairs, while dressed in all white at an undisclosed location, presumably to avoid the loud groans of passersby
"Le Diner en Blanc recalls the elegance and glamour of court society, and diners engage one another knowing they are taking part in a truly magical event." — Le Diner en Blanc New Orleans website

Rise Up
verb: a failed campaign by the Atlanta Falcons
"Rise up? Falcons bow down" — Fox Sports headline following the New Orleans Saints 17-13 victory Nov. 21.

Twerk
verb: to dance with one's buttocks displayed prominently in an up-and-down manner; popularized in New Orleans bounce music and Southern rap in the early '90s; gained wider usage (and exposure) by Miley Cyrus in 2013, also setting off discussions of cultural appropriation
see also: bounce, p-pop, twurk, wobble

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