you’ve probably already tweeted this

December 2, 2009 § Leave a comment

but twitter is the word of the year, according to the Global Language Monitor. By their estimates, English gains 14.7 new words a day.

The Top Words of 2009

Phrase Comments

1. Twitter — The ability to encapsulate human thought in 140 characters

2. Obama — The word stem transforms into scores of new words like ObamaCare

3. H1N1 — The formal (and politically correct) name for Swine Flu

4. Stimulus — The $800 billion aid package meant to help mend the US economy

5. Vampire — Vampires are very much en vogue, now the symbol of unrequited love

6. 2.0 — The 2.0 suffix is attached to the next generation of everything

7. Deficit — Lessons from history are dire warnings here

8. Hadron — Ephemeral particles subject to collision in the Large Hadron Collider

9. Healthcare — The direction of which is the subject of intense debate in the US

10. Transparency — Elusive goal for which many 21st c. governments are striving

11. Outrage — In response to large bonuses handed out to ‘bailed-out’ companies

12. Bonus — The incentive pay packages that came to symbolize greed and excess

13. Unemployed — And underemployed amount to close to 20% of US workforce

14. Foreclosure — Forced eviction for not keeping up with the mortgage payments

15. Cartel — In Mexico, at the center of the battle over drug trafficking

The Top Phrases of 2009

Phrase Comments

1. King of Pop –Elvis was ‘The King;’ MJ had to settle for ‘King of Pop’

2. Obama-mania — One of the scores of words from the Obama-word stem

3. Climate Change — Considered politically neutral compared to global warming

4. Swine Flu — Popular name for the illness caused by the H1N1 virus

5. Too Large to Fail — Institutions that are deemed necessary for financial stability

6. Cloud Computing — Using the Internet for a variety of computer services

7. Public Option — The ability to buy health insurance from a government entity

8. Jai Ho! — A Hindi shout of joy or accomplishment

9. Mayan Calendar — Consists of various ‘cycles,’ one of which ends on 12/21/2012

10. God Particle — The hadron, believed to hold the secrets of the Big Bang

language monitor, again


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