“Google” hailed word of the decade


The American Dialect Society, an association that studies the English language announced that late last week that the verb “Google” has been chosen at the top word of the past decade.

Other words up for the Word of the Decade include 9/11, blog, green, wi-fi, text and war on terror but it was search giant’s wide-spread use that beat them all off.

“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,” Grant Barrett, chair of the society’s New Words Committee said in a statement.

The American Dialect Society also announced late last week that Twitter’s “tweet” as the top word of 2009.

“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,” Barrett said.

Source: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9143758/Google_named_Word_of_the_Decade