Wednesday, June 10, 2009

What Are Words For?

Did you know that a new English word is created about every 98 minutes? WTF? For reals? For reals. The Global Language Monitor says so and today (June 10) the English language earned its millionth word.

... and the millionth word is: Web 2.0. Go figure.

For those who aren't familiar, Web 2.0 describes the next generation of web products and services.

Supreme linguists aren't too happy with the GLM's choice. The GLM maintain that their math formula, which tracks words and phrases in electronic and print media, found that "Web 2.0" appeared over 25,000 times, thus worthy enough to be crowned the one millionth word.

Check out the latest 10 additions to the English language:

- 999,999: Jai Ho! – The Hindi phrase signifying the joy of victory, used as an exclamation, sometimes rendered as “It is accomplished”. Achieved English-language popularity through the multiple Academy Award-winning film, "Slumdog Millionaire."

- 999,998: N00b — From the Gamer Community, a neophyte in playing a particular game; used as a disparaging term.

- 999,997: Slumdog – a formerly disparaging, now often endearing, comment upon those residing in the slums of India.

- 999,996: Cloud Computing – The 'cloud' has been technical jargon for the Internet for many years. It is now passing into more general usage.

- 999,995: Carbon Neutral — One of the many phrases relating to the effort to stem Climate Change. ... HAHA I just saw this word used in an episode of Cash Cab on the Discovery Channel.

- 999,994: Slow Food — Food other than the fast-food variety hopefully produced locally.

- 999,993: Octomom – The media phenomenon relating to the travails of the mother of the octuplets.

- 999,992: Greenwashing – Re-branding an old, often inferior, product as environmentally friendly.

- 999,991: Sexting – Sending email (or text messages) with sexual content.

- 999,990: Shovel Ready – Projects are ready to begin immediately upon the release of federal stimulus funds.

[Thanks Neatorama]
[Thanks Global Language Monitor]

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