FYI: Not a virus.
The Global Language Monitor's recently released list of this year's top words and phrases confirms what we already knew: 2010 has been a drag. The annual survey uses a multidimensional math formula presumably over my head to track the frequency of English words used throughout the year. Words related to environmental disasters, politics and the crappy economy top the lists. "Jersey Shore" stereotypes also starred in our communal lexicon.
Below are two of the lists. If you don't know what the words are, check out the Monitor's descriptions. I admit, I was alarmed when I saw "Vuvuzela," thinking I had completely missed this year's Swine Flu.
Top words of 2010 1 - Spillcam 2 - Vuvuzela 3 - The Narrative 4 - Refudiate 5 - Guido and Guidette 6 - Deficit 7 - Snowmaggedden 8 - 3-D 9 - Shellacking 10 - Simplexity
Top phrases of 2010 1- Anger and Rage 2 - Climate Change 3 - The Great Recession 4 - Teachable Moment 5 - Tea Party 6 - Ambush Marketing 7 - Lady Gaga 8 - Man Up 9 - Pass the bill to be able to see what's in it 10 - Obamamania