Word of the "decade" is Google

Posted by Lavengro

It's not the end of the decade yet but the American Dialect Society has decided that for it the word of the decade - that hasn't yet finished yet - is Google.

That's what the grey beards of ADS decided in a special meeting held at the end of last week - somewhat drowned out by the Consumer Electronic Show and such things as the Roxxxxxy robot.

According to the Baltimore philologists, or "lavengros", the word of 2009 was "tweet" - a sound made by a garden bird such as a finch or a sparrow. In fact, "tweet" is a bit of a perdreau.

Grant Barrett, who presides over the New Words Committee, described both words as products of the Information Age. Blog could have been a contender but to google is commoner than to blog.

The landgrave of the ADS said: "Many people think 'blog' just sounds ugly."