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“Twitter” most popular word in 2009?

Written By: daveski on December 1, 2009 2 Comments

SFGate’s “The Tech Chronicles” points out in this November 30 post from Penny Evangelista that “Twitter” was the most popular English language word of 2009, beating out “stimulus” and “vampire”.


What’s YOUR vote for most popular English word of 2009? Or is it too early to tell? We still have 1/12th of the year ahead of us, don’t we?

Hat tip twice to Usree for posting this article on FB. And once to Evangelista for reminding us that this contest is limited to English words. What are some popular words for 2009 in other languages?

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2 Responses to ““Twitter” most popular word in 2009?”

  1. Usree Bhattacharya on: 1 December 2009 at 12:03 pm

    We need a “like” button on FIT.

  2. Youki on: 6 December 2009 at 6:58 pm

    >>We need a “like” button on FIT.


    may be worth a try.

    I wonder if actual Twitter posts are included in the frequency count. If so, it may favor Twitter against other social networking sites like Facebook (in which posts are not public). I guess I’d like to see their methodology, particularly how they define and quantify “context.” I think of Twitter more as a communication platform, an architecture for the distribution of information. No doubt Twitter is a popular medium, but that doesn’t necessarily make it a popular word. I’m sure we can have a whole discussion on the so-called distinction between medium/message, structure/content, and image/sound! Toss in some Barthesian nesting for kicks.

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