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Twitter and 2.0 among top 10 words for 2009

What was the top word for 2009? Twitter.

That’s according to the Global Language Monitor, which tracks language trends. “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,” says Paul JJ Payack, president of the Global Language Monitor.

But there were other interesting words in the top 10, too.

  1. Twitter
    Everything you know, do, and think, all in 140 characters.
  2. Obama
    The president, whose name is leading to new words and phrases, like ObamaCare.
  3. H1N1
    Swine flu. Now: Go wash your hands. Please.
  4. Stimulus
    Billions and billions being spent.
  5. Vampire
    Yes, vampires are big, no doubt about that.
  6. 2.0
    There’s Web 2.0, yes, but now everything is 2.0.
  7. Deficit
    This word will be on the list for many years, perhaps.
  8. Hadron
    The group’s definition: “Ephemeral particles subject to collision in the Large Hadron Collider.”
  9. Healthcare
    Needed. Now.
  10. Transparency
    More transparency equals better government.


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