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History of the Top Words of 2009 – 2000

This page describes the Top Words of the Year from 2009 - 2000.

For more information on individual years, and the Top Words of the First Decade of the 21st century, go here.

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For the Top Words of 2009, go here.

2008: Global Language Monitor
Top Words: No. 1 Change,  No. 2 Bailout, No. 3 ObamaMania
Top Phrases:  No. 1 Financial Tsunami, No. 2 Global Warming, No. 3 “Yes, We Can!”
Top Names:  No. 1 Barack Obama, No. 2 George W. Bush, No.3 Michael Phelps

2007: Global Language Monitor
Top Word: Hybrid (representing all things green)
No. 2: Surge
Top Phrase: Climate Change
Top Name: Al Gore

2006: Global Language Monitor
Top Word: Sustainable
Top Phrase: Stay the Course
Top Name: Dafur

2005: Global Language Monitor
Top Word: Refugee
No. 2: Tsunami
No. 3: Katrina
Top Phrase: Outside the Mainstream
Top Name: (acts of ) God

2004: Global Language Monitor
Top Word: Incivility (for inCivil War)
Top Phrase: Red States/Blue States
No. 2: Rush to War
Top Name: Dubya/Rove

2003: yourDictionary (GLM Predecessor) Paul JJ Payack, founding President
Top Word: Embedded
Top Phrase: Shock and Awe
No. 2: Rush to War
Top Name: Saddam Hussein
No. 2 Dubya

2002: yourDictionary (GLM Predecessor) Paul JJ Payack, founding President
Top Word: Misunderestimate
Top Phrase: Threat Fatigue
Top Name: W (Dubya)

2001: yourDictionary (GLM Predecessor) Paul JJ Payack, founding President
Top Word: GroundZero
Top Phrase: ‘Lets Roll’
Top Name: The Heros

2000: yourDictionary (GLM Predecessor) Paul JJ Payack, founding President
Top Word: Chad
Top Phrase: Dot.com
Top Name: W (Dubya)

For More on the Top Words of the Year and the Top Words of the Decade, go here.

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