January 10, 2010

word of the year: "tweet"

The American Dialect Society voted to tweet as word of the year 2009 and its cousin to google as word of the decade. (The only thing noteworthy about these choices is that they are both verbs. As is yawn.)

“Both words are, in the end, products of the Information Age, where every person has the ability to satisfy curiosity and to broadcast to a select following, both via the Internet.” [ADS member] Barrett said. “I really thought blog would take the honors in the word of the decade category, but more people google than blog, don’t they? Plus, many people think ‘blog’ just sounds ugly. Maybe Google’s trademark lawyers would have preferred it, anyway.”

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