Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Top 10 most searched words today on technorati.com:

1. Gameplay
2. Sifry
3. Debates
4. Blog
5. Iraq Withdrawal
6. Food
7. Music
8. Technology
9. Drink
10. Starbucks


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Top Ten Word Lists of 2003 Announced by yourDictionary.com

Lists include top 10 words, top 10 names, the latest in YouthSpeak, top phrases, best and worst product names, and more.

Lewisburg, PA. December 26, 2003. yourDictionary.com the Web's most complete language resource, today released its Top 10 Words of 2003, featuring words that have made the news this year. The complete list includes the top phrases, the top names, the best and worst product names, top Enron inspired words, top YouthSpeak words, and others. The full list is available at the company website, yourDictionary.com. "This year the Iraqi War has dominated the English language as it has dominated the news," said Robert Beard, CEO of yourDictionary.
According to Paul JJ Payack, Chairman of the company, "Embedded was the best word to distill the events of an extraordinary year into 8 simple letters." The words were chosen by visitors to the company's discussion board, the Agora plus the staff and employees of the company—with the unofficial assistance of the world press corps throughout the year.

Top Ten Words of 2003
1. Embedded

News correspondents embedded in military units suggested to many that news correspondents were in bed with the military.
2. Blog
Web logs have come of age and, regrettably, this lexical mutation with them.
Farm animals strike back at the humans who eat them again with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. The Flu (with a capital "F") is pushing right behind.
4. Spam
This old word now refers to a plague contending with SARS for destructive potential. Could the Flu (with a capital "F") be any worse?
5. Taikonaut
The Chinese astronaut distracted our attention from textiles and copyrights to remind us that China is a rising industrial power.
6. Bushism
This word now has a real possibility for remaining in the language. (Dan Quayle has lost his chance of making solecisms his contribution to political history.)
7. Allision
The National Transportation and Safety Board in investigating the Staten Island ferry tragedy concluded it wasn't a collision (between two moving objects) but an allision (a crash with an immoveable object).
8. Recall
As in California Recall that resulted in the election of Ahh-nold as the Governator.
9. Middangeard
Middle English for Middle Earth in the movies of Tolkien's trilogy, still fascinating millions around the world with its characters and insights into the origins of the English language.
10. Celibacy
The word which holds the key to ending the seemingly eternal scandal of the US Catholic Church.
Top Ten Personal Names of 2003
1. Saddam Hussein
Just crawled out of the Spider-Hole and back into the spotlight.
2. W. (Dubya)
Can't talk his way out of the news. (See the Top Bush Mispronunciations below.)
3. Rush Limbaugh
How many pills actually fit into a cigar box?
4. Martha Stewart
Not really 'cooking the books' but not quite kosher, either.
5. Pvt. Jessica Lynch
Her rescue enthralled the nation desperate for good news.
6. Howard Dean
The doctor from nowhere now has the team with the roadmap from nowhere to the White House-Clinton-Gore.
7. Pope John Paul II
25 years in the Papacy have taken their toll but he is still with us.
8. Ahh-nold
That's California's new Governator after cruising over the Count of Bustamante in the recall election.
9. Paris Hilton
The heiress, apparently named after one of her grandfather's Your Ad Here!, landed a job on the Fox Network with the Internet distribution of her 'extracurricular activities'.
10. Hans Blix
Whose "hans" seem to be tied in his search for the elusive WMDs.
Top Ten Youthspeak Words
1. What Up?
Present incarnation of the ever popular: Wassup?
2. Give it up!
Replaces the square: please applaud for…
3. Shut up!
YouthSpeak for 'Really?'
4. Stog
Cigarette, short for 'stogey'.
Sensitive New-Age Guy.
6. Hottie
Object of affection, either personally or in the cultural milieu.
7. Poppins
Perfect, as in 'Mary Poppins is perfect in every way.'
8. Tricked Out
9. Rice Rockets
Tricked out Japanese compacts, as opposed to American 'muscle' cars.
10. Side Show
Temporarily cordoning off a freeway to perform outrageous car stunts in tricked-out rice rockets.

Bonus Youthspeak Phenomenon of Note

Has now moved on up into standard slang (click here).

Top Phrases of 2003

1. Shock-and-Awe
Remember the initial strategy of the Iraqi War? There was probably more of this when we watched Saddam Hussein emerge from his 'spider-hole.'
2. Rush to War
Something the US was accused of by our allies and the slogan of liberals attacked by Limbaugh.
3. Tire Pressure

Announced the imminent disintegration of the Space Shuttle.
4. Weapons of Mass Destruction
(or WMD). The reason given for the Rush to War. Removing a genocidal maniac wasn't reason enough?
5. 16 Words
"The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa." Always check your sources.
6. Guantanamo Bay
The US Justice and Defense Departments thought they would "Gitmo" cooperation from suspected terrorists off shore.
7. Spider-Hole

Looks like this one is going to stick around for a while: Sen. Lieberman is already accusing Howard Dean of 'crawling into a spider-hole of denial'. (Don't step in that.)
8. Tipping Point

When any topic moves from one level to the next or the state of a politician one word (or drink) away from falling flat on his face.
9. Angry Left

The early followers of Howard Dean seem to have frightened him to the center.
10. Halliburton Energy Services

Vice President Cheney's old company was supplying our fighting men and women with fuel at enlightened prices before the dust settled in Iraq (if it has settled yet).
5 Top Mispronunciations by President Bush in 2003

1. a-MERR-ca

a-MER-i-ca (America)
2. NEW-cue-ler

NEW-clee-er (nuclear)
3. JU-ler-ee

JU-wel-ree (jewelry)
4. Anzar

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar
5. Ne-VAH-duh

Ne-VAE-duh) (Nevada)

SOURCES http://www.generationwoman.com/article.php3story_id=72



Best New Product Names

1. Way Cool
For concerned parents, this car window shade actually begins to turn white when the temp hits 85º F.
2. Thermos Fire + Ice Grill 2 Go
Transportable gas grill and cooler in one unit.
3. Chronospan
Storage software that protects all your data all the time.
4. iTunes Music Store
Apple's Napster-like site for downloadable music.
Worst New Product Names
1. Hywire

GM's name for its new experimental fuel cell car that suggests (1) a potentially fatal act in a circus, in an (2) an electric vehicle (a spectacular automotive failure). Of course, (3) no one outside GM will ever call it "Hywire" because "Haywire" will always be good for an easy laugh.

2. Silk

From "soy + milk" Compounded by the company slogan "Silk is soy." No, it isn't; it is a kind of fine thread. You don't want a name that requires explanation.

3. Poolife

Here is a name in need of a hyphen (it seems to already have a colon). Would you want to put a product with this moniker in water you occasionally gulp?

4. Clonaid

The name for the cult that tried to clone the first human. They certainly could use some aid. But was this a simple case of misspelling-did they actually mean "Clownaid"?

5. Bene-

Benedryl (And now I wanna be a saw), Benefiber (now I wanna be a rope), Benefun (?). We can no longer ignore the silly use of bene- which can convey the sense of "good"—but words also have pronunciations.

Top Enron Inspired Words

1. Enrosion
Shrinking of the value of 401K plans as a result of entrepreneurial piracy.
2. Entronpy
The sudden dissipation of accumulated assets into nothingness.
3. Enro

Unit of currency that used to be worth much more than it is now.

4. Enronitis

It seems to be contagious, too.

5. Chronic Enronitis

It is spreading and won't go away, either.

Top Internet Words Moving into Widespread Use
1. Ping

Send a reminder, as in 'Ping me about that!'
2. Multitask

To perform several tasks at the same time.
3. 10X

In high tech jargon, the competitive advantage that separates a company from its competition.
4. Off line
The replacement for "out of it," as 'Are you listening or are you off line?'
5. Bandwidth
Capacity, as 'We'll have to increase our bandwidth to handle the order.'
Top Sports-related Words
1. Zim
As in 'to be zimmed' coined after 70-year old New York Yankees bench coach who lurched at Pedro Martinez in the American League Championship Series.
2. BCS
College football's Bowl Championship Series has been called the "Bogus Championship Series" for leaving the Nation's No. 1 college Football team (USC) out of the title game.
3. Curse of the Bambino
For the Boston Red Sox it's 85 years and still counting.

Top Word Trends in Pop Music Names
1. !!!

Bands without pronounceable names, though usually pronounced 'tch, tch, tch'.
2. ( )

Albums with symbols as names. This album by Sigur Rós contains a songbook of 16 blank pages.
3. The The

The definite pronoun is definitely in pop music: Examples in 2003 include: The Distillers, The Thrills' The Strokes, The Postal Service, and The Crystal Method.
4. Lots of 'Rs'

Examples include Christina Aguilera's "Dirrty" and Nelly's "Hot In Herre."
5. Downloaders

Downloaders could be anyone. From the 40-year-old classical connoisseur to the 11-year-old checking out Justin Timberlake.

Most frequently spoken word on the Planet:

1. OK
Still the most popular word in languages around the world. "OK" originated in a joke in the 1830's, spelled "oll korrekt" in Boston newspapers, the joke being, both words were incorrect.

It became so popular, that it was soon abbreviated to simply "O. K."

Despite its popularity, the word would have fallen by the wayside had not Martin van Buren, called "Old Kinderhook" for being born in Kinderhook, N.Y. used it in his presidential reelection campaign of 1840.

So don't "misunderestimate" the impact of presidential usage on the growth of our vocabulary.

It is also spelled "okay."

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