According to Texas-based Global Language Monitor (GLM) reports, Twitter, the popular social networking, has been voted the top English word this year.
Twitter word was more popular than Obama and H1N1 — the scientific name for
the latest swine flu strain sweeping the globe.
Other words to enter common currency reflect the global economic crisis such
as “stimulus” and “deficit“.
Of the top 15 words, a further six are linked to the downturn such as “outrage” to denote feelings generated by bankers bonuses in bailedout companies, “bonus”, “unemployed“, andforeclosure” when mortgage defaulters are evicted.
What’s surprising is that Hadron, the ephemeral particles subject to collision in the Large Hadron Collider as part of the giant experiment into the origins of the universe, has also made it to the list.
The top words and phrases were compiled by Texas-based Global Language Monitor (GLM) which monitors the Internet, the media and an electronic database to estimate how many times certain topics are brought up.