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2009-12-01 08:05:00

Even though the year isn't quite over, Microsoft reports that "Twitter" was one of the top searches on Bing. "Michael Jackson," "Twitter and "Swine Flu" were the top three search topics, according to a Microsoft blog post on Sunday. Also topping Bing's search list were "Stock Market," "Farrah Fawcett," "Patrick Swayze," and "Jaycee Dugard." Billions of search queries were analyzed to come up with their list. Meanwhile, Texas-based Global Language Monitor (GLM) reports that "Twitter" was their...

2009-06-28 10:00:17

The death of American pop singer Michael Jackson is one of the top stories of the 21st century for mainstream and Internet media, language analysts said. In the 48 hours after his death Thursday, Jackson moved to the ninth spot in traditional global print and electronic media, and No. 2 behind Barak Obama's election as U.S. president on the Internet, blogs and social networks, the Global Language Monitor said in a news release Sunday. The death of Michael Jackson has resulted in a global...

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2009-06-10 12:20:00

Web 2.0 became the one-millionth word or phrase in the English language on Wednesday, Reuters reported. Although some linguists slammed it as nonsense and a stunt, a U.S.-based language monitoring group saw fit to add it to the English lexicon. The Global Language Monitor said Web 2.0 appeared over 25,000 times in searches and was widely accepted, making it the legitimate, one-millionth word. The group uses a math formula to track the frequency of words and phrases in print and electronic...

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2009-05-28 23:20:00

English is about to get its millionth word, a Texas wordsmith says. Paul JJ Payack, president of the Global Language Monitor, has calculated the millionth word will join the language June 10, 2009, at 10:22 a.m. His clock is set to the time in Stratford-on-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare, a man who gave many words currency in modern English. The Million Word milestone brings to notice the coming of age of English as the first, truly global Language, Payack said. He finds three major...

2009-02-15 01:05:35

The top fashion buzzwords during the current time of economic hardship are Chiconomics and Michelle Obama, or so says the Global Language Monitor. The fashion world is affected by the global economic meltdown like everyone else this year and are reflected in this season's buzzwords like Chiconomics and Recessionist, said Millie Payack, the monitor's fashion correspondent. Another significant influence is, of course, First Lady Michele Obama, who is subject of vast Internet and Blogosphere...

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2008-12-22 11:30:00

The global media uses the term Christmas more than 600 percent more often than the less specific term holiday season, a U.S. language group says. The Global Language Monitor of Austin, Texas, said in a news release that while holiday season is typically seen as more secular worldwide, Christmas was used in nearly 85 percent of all global media citations. Holiday season was the second-most used term, accounting for nearly 13 percent of all global citations. Xmas came in third in the survey...

2008-12-02 10:30:00

Change was the English word used most often in the world's media and on the Internet in 2008, and Barack Obama was the top name, U.S. researchers say. The top phrase in 2008 was financial tsunami, says Paul J.J. Payack, president of The Global Language Monitor, an Austin, Texas, company that uses a proprietary algorithm to track words and phrases in the media and on the Internet. The words, Payack says, are tracked in relation to frequency, contextual usage and appearance in global media...

2008-11-20 12:20:59

Cloud computing is one of the most popular yet confusing technological buzzwords used by society this year, an Austin, Texas, group said Thursday. The Global Language Monitor said in a news release the term, which portrays the Internet as a cloud accessed through programs and services, is one of 2008's most confusing yet popular techisms. Other top 2008 buzzwords, the group said, are green washing and, appropriately, buzzword compliant. Green washing refers to the marketing of a product in a...

2006-08-27 12:13:57

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Truthiness" and "Wikiality" -- two of the words popularized by political satirist Stephen Colbert on his TV show "The Colbert Report"-- were named on Sunday the top television buzzwords of the year. The word-trend group Global Language Monitor, in its annual survey of words from television that had an impact on the language, also cited the words "Katrina," referring to continuing stories about the hurricane's destruction; "Katie," a reference to Katie...

2006-04-21 18:59:25

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - It's a Nubian tribe, the word for "rose" in Persian, the "sun" in Sanskrit and, oh yes, it's also an obscure variation on the Hebrew name Sarah and refers to form of an Alpaca's wool. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes may have gotten more than they bargained for naming their daughter Suri when she was born on Tuesday, according to language expert Paul JJ Payack, head of the Global Language Monitor, a group that studies word use. Payack said he found at least five...


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holluschickie
  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'
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