Google Named Word of Decade. Tweet Named Word of the Year
Posted on January 11, 2010
"I think my life has been more affected by 'Google' than '9/11,' " says a college student.It is good news for the two companies behind the words: Twitter and Google.
"People are currently tweeting that 'tweet' is being nominated for word of the year," observes someone else.
After much discussion, the final vote. A year and a decade, both recently laid to rest, receive the briefest kind of epitaph. The two words meant to evoke the feeling of this moment years from now: "tweet" for 2009 and "Google" for the Aughts.
Here are the definitions for the terms from the American Dialect Society:
- tweet: (noun, a short message sent via the Twitter.com service, and verb, the act of sending such a message)
- "google: (a generic form of "Google," meaning "to search the Internet")