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‘Linsanity’ Is Contender for Word of Year, Dialect Society Says

The sports world’s newest craze has Lin-guists impressed.

“Linsanity,” the word that has encapsulated New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin’s rise from bench-warmer to international sensation in less than two weeks, has thrust itself into the American English vocabulary and been translated into Mandarin, making it a strong early candidate for 2012’s Word of the Year, according to the American Dialect Society.