And the One Millionth English Word Is …..

by Sachin Balagopalan on June 10, 2009 · Comments

“WEB 2.0″ … Yep that’s right!

Anyone hear about this group called The Global Language Monitor? Yeah me neither! Apparently they are an obscure U.S.-based “language monitoring group” and they use some sort of algorithm to track the frequency of words and phrases in the print and electronic media. They have officially proclaimed “Web 2.0″ as the one millionth English language word. Highly unlikely this bears any scientific credence but it’s definitely giving them publicity. Even Reuters and CNN are reporting this event.

Those of us who live in the on-line world know the term has been around for quite sometime and frankly the word had become stale and tired and not to mention overused. BTW, even the one millionth word in the language does not guarantee a coveted spot in Merriam-Webster. Go figure!

The term Web 2.0 was first coined by Tim O’Reilly and here is the official definition …

Web 2.0 is the network as platform, spanning all connected devices; Web 2.0 applications are those that make the most of the intrinsic advantages of that platform: delivering software as a continually-updated service that gets better the more people use it, consuming and remixing data from multiple sources, including individual users, while providing their own data and services in a form that allows remixing by others, creating network effects through an “architecture of participation,” and going beyond the page metaphor of Web 1.0 to deliver rich user experiences.

and here are the 10 latest words from GLM:

1,000,000: Web 2.0 – The next generation of web products and services, coming soon to a browser near you.

999,999: Jai Ho! – The Hindi phrase signifying the joy of victory, used as an exclamation, sometimes rendered as “It is accomplished”. Achieved English-language popularity through the multiple Academy Award Winning film, “Slumdog Millionaire”.

999,998: N00b — From the Gamer Community, a neophyte in playing a particular game; used as a disparaging term.

999,997: Slumdog – a formerly disparaging, now often endearing, comment upon those residing in the slums of India.

999,996: Cloud Computing – The ‘cloud’ has been technical jargon for the Internet for many years. It is now passing into more general usage.

999,995: Carbon Neutral — One of the many phrases relating to the effort to stem Climate Change.

999,994: Slow Food — Food other than the fast-food variety hopefully produced locally (locavores).

999,993: Octomom – The media phenomenon relating to the travails of the mother of the octuplets.

999,992: Greenwashing – Re-branding an old, often inferior, product as environmentally friendly.

999,991: Sexting – Sending email (or text messages) with sexual content.

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