Top Trending Words of 2013, Spring Update
Kate’s Royal Offspring, Crazy New Weather Term, and Pontiff
AUSTIN, Texas March 13, 2013 – The Spring outlook for the Top Trending Words of 2013 include words related to: Kate’s Royal Offspring, Near-Earth Objects including Comets, asteroids and/or meteors, Nukes (rogue or otherwise), a fascinating Internet meme (or two), China continuing in it role as the world’s economic engine, an unknown technical buzzword that will seemingly spring out of nowhere (ala #hashtag), and various catastrophic scenarios with names containing the prefix franken- or the suffix – pocalypse
This is according to current word trends in global English being tracked by the Global Language Monitor. In December, Austin, Texas-based GLM announced that ‘ Apocalypse’ was the Top Word, ‘Gangnam Style’ the Top Phrase; and ‘Newtown’ and Mala the Top Names of 2012 in its annual global analysis of the English language.
“The year 2013 looks to be another vibrant year for the English language with word creation again driven by events both scheduled and unanticipated,” said Paul JJ Payack, President and Chief Word Analyst of GLM. “With 1.83 billion speakers and a new word created every 98 minutes or so, clever, interesting, and creative neologisms inevitably appear — and now from any point on the planet.”
The words are culled from throughout the English-speaking world, which now numbers more than 1.83 billion speakers (January 2013 estimate).
Top Trending Words of 2013, Spring Update,
- Royal Birth — Come July, the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics will look like a garden party compared to the ensuing hubbub over the Royal Birth.
- Crazy New Weather Term — Derecho? Haboob? SuperStorm? As changes due to global warming become more pronounced, terms are emerging from the meteorologist’s jargon trove.
- -alypse — Top trending suffix on the list. Engenders the creation of catastrophic-related,
- Pontiff — 1.2 Billion Catholics tweeting “The pontiff is dead (has resigned); long live the Pontiff!”
- Global Warming — Perennially a Top Five Word (when matched with Climate Change), on top of mind to millions around the planet.
- Globe Circulating Meme — Probably surpassing the Angelina Jolie Leg meme that resulted from her dramatic stance at the 2012 Oscars.
- MOOCs — Massive Online Open Courses. What’s a decent student:teacher ratio when there 170,000 students in one course
- Sustainable — Top Word of the Year in 2006 affecting the language in ever more aspects and senses.
- Franken — Top trending prefix on the list. Expanded in meaning to include any human-instigated or -influenced natural disaster.
- Comet — Replacing Near-Earth Asteroid: Yet another year, another celestial object, this comet may be the brightest in a thousand years (late ’13 rendezvous.)
- Twitflocker — Our annual stand-in The Next Big Thing in technology.
- Debt — The debt bomb inflicts ever more ‘collateral damage’ upon the Western democracies.
- Solar max — 2013 is the actual peak of the 11-year sunspot cycle; in 1854 solar storms melted telegraph wires.
- Rogue nukes — Iran and North Korea will be the focus of attention here
- Euro- — The prefix will be used for any number of terms, few (if any) favorable.
- China Rising — The Sun has not yet set on its economic expansion
GLM employs its NarrativeTracker technologies for global Internet and social media analysis. NarrativeTracker is based on global discourse, providing a real-time, accurate picture about any topic, at any point in time. NarrativeTracker analyzes the Internet, blogosphere, the top 250,000 print and electronic global media, as well as new social media sources as they emerge.
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