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Top Words of 2010 Announced - Spillcam, Vuvuzela, Hu, iPad on top

Texas November 15, 2010 – The Global Language Monitor has announced that Spillcam is the Top Word, Anger and Rage the Top Phrase and Chinese Leader Hu Jintao the Top Name of 2010 in its annual global survey of the English language. Spillcam was followed by Vuvuzela, the Narrative, Refudiate, and Guido. Deficit, Snowmageddon, 3-D, Shellacking and Simplexity rounded out the Top 10.

The Global Language Monitor, an Austin, Texas-based firm that analyses and incorporated new words in english.

The first 5 Top Words of 2010 are

1. Spillcam — The BP Spillcam instantly beamed the immensity of the Gulf Spill around the world to the dismay of environmentalists, BP’s PR staff and the President.

2. Vuvuzela — Brightly colored plastic horns that first came to prominence at the South African World Cup.

3. The Narrative – Though used at least since The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass in 1845, ‘The Narrative’ has recently been gaining traction in the political arena, virtually replacing the need for a party’s platform. (Cf. to ‘truthily’.)

4. Refudiate — Conflation of “refute” and “repudiate” (un)officially coined by Sarah Palin.

5. Guido and Guidette — Hey! All things Jersey are hot, capish? (Actually, capisci in standard Italian.)

The 5 Top Names of 2009

1. Hu – President Hu Jintao, paramount leader of China. Rise of China was the No. 1 Story of the 1st decade of the 21st century; now Hu begins the second decade in the top spot.

2. IPad – With over eight million sold in a matter of months, the IPad is now a name on everybody’s lips. (Sorry, Steve Jobs, the IPads tests better than you.)

3. Barack Obama — President of the United States has had a tough sophomore year.

4. Chilean Coal Miners – The ordeal and heroic rescue is perhaps the top inspirational story of the year.

5. Eyjafjallajoekull – Does a name that no one can pronounce deserve a spot on a top name’s list?

Previous Words of the Year in 2009 and 2008 were


Top Words: No. 1 Twitter, No. 2 Obama-, No. 3 H1N1

Top Phrases: No. 1 King of Pop, No. 2 Obama-mania, No. 3 Climate Change

Top Names: No. 1 Obama, No. 2 Michael Jackson, No. 3 Mobama


Top Words: No. 1 Change, No. 2 Bailout, No. 3 Obama-mania

Top Phrases: No. 1 Financial Tsunami, No. 2 Global Warming, No. 3 “Yes, We Can!”

Top Names: No. 1 Barack Obama, No. 2 George W. Bush, No.3 Michael Phelps

Top Words of the Decade:

The Top Words of the Decade were Global Warming, 9/11, and Obama outdistance Bailout, Evacuee, and Derivative; Google, Surge, Chinglish, and Tsunami followed.

Climate Change was top phrase; Heroes was top name.

Last year the Global Language Monitor selected the word 'Web 2.0' as the 1,000,000th English word or phrase.

The Global Language Monitor also publishes other lists relating to the English language including: rankings of U.S. colleges, top fashion cities and 15 Top All-Time Bushisms.

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