Tweet and google word of the year and decade

Further to the interesting discussion following this post, I was interested to read today over at Visual Thesaurus that “tweet” has been named the word of the year and “google” (in its verb form) has been named word of the decade.

Given that Google are actively campaigning against the use of “to google” as it dilutes their brand I find this particularly hilarious. “Tweet” is also a registered trademark, as it happens.

Also voted on by those crazy Americans was Most Useful, which turned out to be “fail” (used as a noun or interjection). As Ben Zimmer says in his article: “Fail for the win!”

My personal favourite by far is the winner of Most Creative: “Dracula sneeze”, defined as “covering one’s mouth with the crook of one’s elbow when sneezing, seen as similar to popular portrayals of the vampire Dracula, in which he hides the lower half of his face with a cape.”

Brilliant! (Even thought it’s actually two words and would have be the most creative phrase rather than the most creative word, but let’s not quibble about that here.)

Ain’t the evolution of language a funny old thing?

There’s more fun in the original article here.

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