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January 10, 2013

Top Words Of 2012

I know 2012 is over, but what a year! And it certainly left us with some memorable words - and even several...

...names that will live, perhaps in history, but certainly as cultural markers for our era.

For better or worse, Newtown and Malala Yousafzai will be defining terms for the year past - and probably for the year to come.

And what would 2012, or 2013 for that matter, be without Gangnam Style?

I had almost forgotten about 'adorkable' from early in 2012. It's a semi-endearing word that combines dork and adorable.

These, and other words have added to the 1,019,729.6 words (January 1, 2013 estimate) of the ever shifting and expanding English language.

Besides the Mayan (or zombie) apocalypse, we welcomed 'drones', 'fracking' and 'the cloud'.

I'm not sure what, if anything these words have in common, or what they say about who we are, but they certainly do demonstrate the unpredictable dynamism of this growing language.

For more on the words of 2012, and some thoughts about where our language might be going, take a look at this website - http://www.languagemonitor.com/number-of-words/words-of-the-year-2012/.

Be sure to send us any words or phrases that puzzle you, and be sure to let us know what it is about English and language learning that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.

Morf

Posted by mmorf at January 10, 2013 11:44 PM

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