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Google ‘Word of the Decade’ and ‘tweet’ 2009 Word of the Year by American Dialect Society

In its 20th annual words of the year vote, the American Dialect Society voted “ google” (a generic form of “Google,” meaning “to search the Internet) as its word of the decade, and “tweet” as the word of the year. “Both words are, in the end, products of the Information Age, where every person has the ability to satisfy curiosity and to broadcast to a select following, both via the Internet.” Barrett said. “I really thought blog would take the honors in the word of the decade category, but more people google than blog, don’t they? Plus, many people think ‘blog’ just sounds ugly. Maybe Google’s trademark lawyers would have preferred it, anyway.”

2009 Word of the Year


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