As I was driving home last week, I heard the DJ mention that “Twitter” was crowned the Word of the Year for 2009. [“Google” took home the top award for Word of the Decade]. So as I prepared to write a short blog post about this, I turned to the Word of the Decade’s search engine and discovered just as many page one references to “Twitter” as there were to another supposedly-popular word. And what word was that?
That’s a word that I don’t think that I have ever used in my life. While neither of these words were even real words a couple of years ago, the popularity of social networking has given life to a whole new breed of language. It would be difficult to argue that “Twitter” doesn’t deserve a mention for top words of 2009. I’m not so sure about “unfriend” but I suspect that if you asked a younger generation of internet users (especially those with Facebook pages), “unfriend” probably doesn’t appear as out of place.
But for me, “Twitter” is definitely it.[polldaddy poll=2540103]