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Top 20 memes of 2012: Words, terms and phrases that first entered our vocabulary during the year

Remember binders full of women? How about redneckognize? Check out the new phrases, words and terms that became a part of our collective vocabulary in 2012.!
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The words of 2012

by Paul Heacock As the year winds to a close, it is once again time for the staff and contributors to Cambridge Dictionaries Online and its blog, About Words, to sort through the year gone by and h...!
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‘Gangnam Style,’ ‘fiscal cliff,’ ‘Romneyshambles’ chosen as Collins Dictionary’s words of the year

He has the most-watched video in Youtube history, become a pop sensation with a horse-riding dance craze that has swept the world and now Korean singer Psy may cement his place in popular culture with recognition from a British dictionary.!
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Forget YOLO: Why 'Big Data' Should Be The Word Of The Year : NPR

"Big Data" had just as much to do with President Obama's victory as phrases like "Etch A Sketch" and "47 percent," says linguist Geoff Nunberg.!
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Collins dictionary words of the year for 2012 including Romneyshambles, mummy porn and Gangnam Style

South Korean Psy’s song was word for November – when his horse dance video became YouTube’s most popular clip!
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"Gangnam Style" podría ser incluido en el diccionario británico

Gangnam Style fue elegida junto a fiscal cliff abismo fiscal y Romneyshambles las vacilaciones de Romney como una de las palabras del año del diccionario Collins.!
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Top 10 Google Searches of 2012

What was the most-searched term of 2012? Take a look and find out. Google keeps a constant tally of its most popular searches, by volume, over time.!
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Oxford dictionaries choose ‘omnishambles’ as British word of the year

LONDON — Britain’s media are in a meltdown and its government is gaffe-prone, so Oxford Dictionaries has chosen an apt Word of the Year: “omnishambles.”...!
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Oxford chooses 'omnishambles' as word of the year

LONDON (AP) -- Britain's media are in a meltdown and its government is gaffe-prone, so Oxford Dictionaries has chosen an apt Word of the Year: "omnishambles."
Oxford University Press on Tuesday crowned the word -- defined as "a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations" -- its top term of 2012.
Each year Oxford University Press tracks how the English language is changing and chooses a word that best reflects the mood of the year. The publisher typically chooses separate British and American winners. This year's American champion is "gif," short for graphics interchange format, a common format for images on the Internet.
Coined by writers of the satirical television show "The Thick of It," omnishambles has been applied to everything from government PR blunders to the crisis-ridden preparations for the London Olympics.
Oxford University Press lexicographer Susie Dent said the word was chosen for its popularity as well as its "linguistic productivity."
She said "a notable coinage coming from the word is Romneyshambles" -- a derisive term used by the British press after U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney expressed doubts about London's ability to host a successful Olympics.
Omnishambles was chosen over shortlisted terms including "mummy porn" -- the genre exemplified by the best-selling "50 Shades" book series -- and "green-on-blue," military attacks by forces regarded as neutral, as when members of the Afghan army or police attack foreign troops. (For American English speakers, it's "mommy porn.")!
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The Global Language Monitor » Blog Archive » Top Trending Words of 2012 Mid-year Update

USTIN, Texas July 10 – Trending 2012 Update: Obesogenic, Derecho (and the gender neutral ‘hen’) are taking on the Mayan Apocalypse, Kate, and Debt as candidates for the Top Word of the Year according to a mid-year update by the Global Language Monitor. Each year, GLM produces the top trending words for the following year just before the new year begins. In 2011, it announced 12 possible candidates; mid-way through the year the three new terms have been added to the list.!
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Only one word can 'occupy' top spot in 2011 rankings

The American Dialect Society, with help from one of its members, a Poughkeepsie man, has summed up 2011 in one word — “occupy.”...!
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Linguists name 'occupy' as 2011's word of the year -

The linguists have spoken and they have decided -- "Occupy" is 2011's word of the year.
Members of the American Dialect Society came out in record numbers to vote Friday night at the organization's annual conference, held this year in Portland, Oregon.
"Occupy" won a runoff vote by a whopping majority, earning more votes than "FOMO" (an acronym for "Fear of Missing Out," describing anxiety over being inundated by the information on social media) and "the 99%," (those held to be at a financial or political disadvantage to the top moneymakers, the one-percenters).!
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"Safety" becomes media buzzwords for 2011 - People's Daily Online

...based on a corpus of about 1 billion words from news reports of six newspapers such as the People's Daily, 26 television and radio stations such as China Central Television and China National Radio, and some websites such as and from Jan.1, 2011 to Dec. 10, 2011.

The corpus was established by the National Language Resources Monitoring and Research Center.!
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‘Micro’ : Word of the year for China netizens - The Times of India

Micro-blogging sites have virtually acted as an opposition party for the Chinese Communist Party, which dominates the political system and allows no criticism of its actions.!
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2011 The Year in Words | TheGazette

  Just a year ago, nobody was “occupy”-ing anything, except maybe a porta-potty or a motel room.!
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And South Korea’s Word of the Year Is…

The one topic that dominated South Korea's civic conversation this year was welfare.!
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Indigenisation: 2011 buzzword

The indigenisation policy, spearheaded by indigenisation minister Saviour Kasukuwere, compels foreign companies operating in the country to transfer 51% of their equity into the hands of indigenous Zimbabweans.

According to the law, indigenous Zimbabweans are those who were previously disadvantaged before independence.!
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volatility - le mot anglais de l'année choisi par le blog "The Web of Language" - Le mot juste en anglais

Le professeur Dennis Baron de l'Université de Illinois, dont le blog s'appelle "The Web of Language", a choisi comme "mot de 2011" le mot anglais volatility* (en francais "volatilité" ou "instabilité").!
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Estados Unidos: Occupy Wall Street, un movimiento que también habla español · Global Voices en Español

Mariné Pérez habla sobre coordinar la edición traducida al español del periódico Occupy Wall Street Journal del movimiento que impulsó la ocupación en septiembre del 2011 del centro financiero de Nueva York, la relación con los medios...!
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Petit dictionnaire du capitalisme contemporain à l'orée de 2012 | Rue89 Eco

A comme triple A. Comme grAAl, nirvAnA, AlphA et OmegA, principal objectif des politiques économiques dans la plupart des pays occidentaux, enfin jusqu'à sa perte.

B comme Berlin, capital de la République fédérale d'Allemagne, et principal lieu de décision de la zone Euro et de l'Europe en général. Provoque quelques rappels historiques parfois maladroits.

C comme crise. Se décline de toutes les façons possibles : de la dette, de l'euro, économique, financière, sociale, souveraine... et ne la connaît pas elle (la crise)....!
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The Top Words of 2011

The Austin based Global Language Monitor has released it's list of top words for 2011. Some year's it's very easy to pick the number one word. In 2001 "9/11" dominated the news media and was very quickly adopted into general use.!
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Your words of 2011 | Macmillan

We asked our regular blog contributors this final question in 2011: What word sums up 2011 for you and why?!
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Words of the Year

IT'S that time of year. Fretting about pounds put on over the long holiday break. Throwing Christmas wrapping into the fire. Contemplating gift returns.!
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The words of 2011

by Paul Heacock

As the year draws to an end, we make lists: Best Movies of the Year, Favorite Sports Moments and Key Political Events appear in national and international publications; Top Sales...!
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