The Top Words Of The Year Are "404" And "Fail"

The Top Words of the Year Are

No matter how you feel about 2013 it's depressing to learn that the two most popular words of the year, according to the Global Language Monitor, are "404" and "fail". You can't paint a clearer picture than that.

The Global Language Monitor releases a list of top English words every year from the internet (including news, social media, blogs etc.) and print media, and they seem to track pretty well with international goings on. For example, Pope Francis is the most popular name this year and his Twitter handle, @pontifex, is the fourth most popular word on the list. In 2011 the word "occupy" ranked number 1.

Oh and by the way, the top phrase for 2013 is "toxic politics" in case international sentiment required further clarification. The president of the Global Language Monitor, Paul JJ Payack, noted that, "The recent ObamaCare launch debacle in the US is only a representative example of a much wider system fail." Words like "surveillance," "deficit" and "drones" also made the cut. Basically it's a laundry list of everything we're all worried about. And perhaps the most troubling revelation of all is that "twerking" comes in at number 13. [Global Language Monitor via Quartz]

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    "Twerking – A dance mimicking various sexual postures and acts made famous by Miley Cyrus."

    I wouldn't say that I'm a 'twerking' advocate, but I could probably argue that it wasn't made famous by Miley Cyrus.


    Last edited 11/11/13 4:30 pm

      I dunno... I'd never heard of Twerking before *that* performance.

      Last edited 11/11/13 5:36 pm

        Fine. I admit it. I'm a twerkin' aficionado.

        It's been around in strip clubs and rap videos for a couple of decades now. You missed out man :(

          haha I'd witnessed the behaviour, just didn't know that name for it. XP

      I thought twerking was when you tweet from work.

      Bingo! That's what I've been saying too. Beyonce did it. Shakira does it really well. Look up "booty popping" or "jaggering" on YouTube. Say, (which is about as NSFW as YouTube goes). Now, because a formerly "innocent" white girl does it and gives it a new name, suddenly it's a "thing".

        ahhh yes, that's what it used to be called! BTW thx for the reminder of Shakira's hip-gyrations. *sigh* /daydream

      Wait... that's...that's... meant to be dancing?

      Mind = blown...

    last time i looked, "404" was a number (numbers/numerics/digits/whatever).

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