In a hard fought battle, the word Meh has just pipped a silent shrug to the title of Expession of Nonchalance 2009. Meh has been a favourite for the title since it easily beat the previous titleholder Whatever in 2007.
At the awards held in London this morning the press was busy trying to get comments from the competitors, but it was proving difficult. Celebrity attendees included Lisa Simpson, who famously explained the word Meh on the Simpsons TV show, and Noel Gallagher who wrote the Oasis hit single Whatever. Despite thousands of invites being sent out, the event was not well attended.
The annual 'Expression of Nonchalance' award or 'Yawney' as they are often known, is presented each year to the phrase or gesture that best reflects the participant's complete indifference. This year a special posthumous award was made to Pierre Trudeau for his services to shrugging throughout his life. It was presented to a representative of the Canadian government by the chairman of Apathy International. Yawney's are now awarded by a panel of judges after attempts to get the public to vote were abandoned in 2003.
If you would like a list of all the nominees and previous winners, I suppose you could Google for it because, well, you know.