It’s official. Twitter is king.
“In a year dominated by world-shaking political events, a pandemic, the after effects of a financial tsunami and the death of a revered pop icon, the word Twitter stands above all the other words. Twitter represents a new form of social interaction, where all communication is reduced to 140 characters,” said Paul JJ Payack, President of The Global Language Monitor. “Being limited to strict formats did wonders for the sonnet and haiku. One wonders where this highly impractical word-limit will lead as the future unfolds.”
The Top Words of 2009:
- Twitter — The ability to encapsulate human thought in 140 characters
- Obama — The word stem transforms into scores of new words like ObamaCare
- H1N1 — The formal (and politically correct) name for Swine Flu
- Stimulus — The $800 billion aid package meant to help mend the US economy
- Vampire — Vampires are very much en vogue, now the symbol of unrequited love
- 2.0 — The 2.0 suffix is attached to the next generation of everything
- Deficit — Lessons from history are dire warnings here
- Hadron — Ephemeral particles subject to collision in the Large Hadron Collider
- Healthcare — The direction of which is the subject of intense debate in the US
- Transparency — Elusive goal for which many 21st c. governments are striving
- Outrage — In response to large bonuses handed out to ‘bailed-out’ companies
- Bonus — The incentive pay packages that came to symbolize greed and excess
- Unemployed — And underemployed amount to close to 20% of US workforce
- Foreclosure — Forced eviction for not keeping up with the mortgage payments
- Cartel — In Mexico, at the center of the battle over drug trafficking
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