Top words and phrases of 2013

Look, a twerk meme - 2 birds, 1 stone #

Look, a twerk meme – 2 birds, 1 stone #efficient

The Global Language Monitor has surveyed the English-speaking public and they have discovered what are the most popular words and phrases for 2013. In the process, the GLM have also revealed we are a nation on decline – hashtag sadface…

(from GLM):

The Top Words of 2013:

  1. 404  –  The near-universal numeric code for failure on the global Internet.
  2. Fail — The single word fail, often used as a complete sentence (Fail!) to signify failure of an effort, project, or endeavor.
  3. Hashtag  – The ‘number sign” and ‘pound sign’ reborn as the all-powerful Twitter hashtag.
  4. @Pontifex — The Hashage of the ever-more popular Pope Franciscus (Francis).
  5. The Optic — The ‘optic’ is threatening to overtake ‘the narrative’ as the Narrative overtook rational discourse. Does not bode well for an informed political discussion.
  6. Surveillance — The revelation of the unprecedented extent of spying by the NSA into lives of ordinary citizens to the leaders of the closest allies of the US.
  7. Drones  – Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) that are piloted remotely or by on-board computers used for killing scores or even hundreds of those considered enemy combatants of the US.
  8. Deficit — Looks like deficit-spending will plague Western democracies for at least the next decade.  Note to economists of all stripes:  reducing the rate of increase of deficit spending still  increases the deficit.
  9. Sequestration – Middle English sequestren, from Old French, from Latin sequestrare, to hide away or isolate or to give up for safekeeping.
  10. Emancipate — Grows in importance as worldwide more women and children are enslaved in various forms of involuntary servitude.
  11. Filibuster — Extended debate in a legislative body to delay or prevent a vote on the matter.  Originally used to describe  Caribbean pirates  (freebooters) from the Spanish,  filibustero, and French, flibustier.
  12. Nano — Nano-technology, nano-machines, nano-weapons, some too horrible to contemplate (see Bill Joy’s self-replicating nanobots  resulting in a world of  ’grey goo’.)
  13. Twerking –  A dance mimicking various sexual postures and acts  made famous by Miley Cyrus..
  14. Deadlock — A generation ago it was called Checks and Balances, to the founders it was a delicate balancing of powers.
  15. Franken- — Top trending prefix on the list. Expanded in meaning to include any human-instigated activity that inadvertently spins out of control (see nano-).
  16. Meme – Internet Memes can best be conceived as Internet thoughts or ideas that are propagated through all varieties of electronic communications.
  17. Stalemate — Failure of all sides to reach a settlement or agreement. Example:  lack of a cease fire in the Syrian Civil War (100,000+ deaths and 1,000,000+ refugees).
  18. The Cloud — Where your data lands after you press <enter> (not to be mistaken for a play by Aristophanes).
  19. Phony —  One of President Obama’s favorite criticisms of his opponents, synonymous with bogus, spurious, sham, and fake.
  20. Comet — A  ’long-haired’ celestial object.  The late ’13 comet was predicted as the brightest in a thousand years (Fail.)

The Top Phrases of 2013:

  1. Toxic Politics
  2. Federal Shutdown
  3. Global Warming/Climate Change
  4. Federal Deficit
  5. Tread Lightly
  6. Boston Strong
  7. Marathon Bombing
  8. Chemical Weapons
  9. All Time High
  10. Rogue nukes

2 comments

  1. Russ Newell

    Deficits are not bad. It is reasonable to run deficits. Think of how mortages work. You get to live in a house for 30 years before it is paid off. Republicans like Reagan and both Bushes ran deficits. It only became bad when a Democrat is President. This is Fox News hype that everyone seems to buy into. A good book: Ken Fisher’s
    “The Only Three Questions that Still Matter”:

    http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-only-three-questions-that-still-count-kenneth-l-fisher/1110786857?ean=9781118115084

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