Ubiquitous irony is deeply affecting

  • Wordy website dictionary.com has published its list of top ten searched words for 2009.

    The overall top ten is as follows:
      1. Affect
      2. Ubiquitous
      3. Irony
      4. Socialism
      5. Effect
      6. Melancholy
      7. Love
      8. Integrity
      9. Nostalgic
      10. Pedantic

    Which can be summarized thus: "It is deeply affecting that the ubiquitous irony of socialism has had an effect on the melancholy love and integrity of nostalgic pedants."

    The top ten up and coming words of the year were:
      1. Esurient
      2. Impeded
      3. Shuddering
      4. Fugacious
      5. Suffering
      6. Negative
      7. Namaste
      8. Adjuvant
      9. Callipygian
      10. Twitter

    Or, put another way, Esurient bankers have been impeded and brought to a shuddering halt by the fugacious suffering of negative namastes and their adjuvant, callipygian twittering.

    Words on the way out include:
      1. Bush
      2. Maverick
      3. Solace
      4. Liberal
      5. Obsequious
      6. Rhetoric
      7. Superfluous
      8. Condescending
      9. Cynical
      10. Ostentatious

    So it could be said that Ex-president Bush, while seen by some as a maverick, can find solace in the decline of liberals' obsequious rhetoric and their superfluous, condescending, cynical ostentation.

    And the top ten misspelled words of the year were:
      1. Perseverance
      2. Convenient
      3. Embarrassed
      4. Prerogative
      5. Pretentious
      6. Appalled
      7. Genius
      8. Definitely
      9. Inadvertently
      10. Separate

    So it is good to remember that perseverance in checking spelling is made more convenient by spell checkers, meaning those embarrassed by dyslexia now have the prerogative to be appalled that even a genius can definitely make mistakes by inadvertently spelling 'separate' incorrectly.

    Now go and look up 'irony' again.

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