Word of the "decade" is Google

  • 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."

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