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'Integrity' tops online dictionary lookups for 2005
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Hello, My Friends,

Do you use online dictionary? I do, and so do other 7 million online dictionary users. The Americans turned to Merriam-Webster for help. Do you want to know the English words that made the Americans wonder? According to Merriam-Webster, the ten most popular English words that have been looked up in 2005 are as follows:
1. Integrity
2. Refugee
3. Levee
4. Tsunami
5. Filibuster
6. Contempt
7. Pandemic
8. Conclave
9. Insipid
10. Inept

Can you give me your Chinese translation to these words? It should be a good learning process. For more information, please read: http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2005/12/10/integrity_tops_dictionary_lookups_for_2005/

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These are M-W findings. Dec 14, 2005

There should be more. Check, just to name a few, out the following sites:

www.newyorker.com

www.theatlantic.com

www.oup.co.uk

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健全 Dec 14, 2005

Kevin Yang wrote:

Hello, My Friends,

English words ... in 2005:
1. Integrity
2. Refugee
3. Levee
4. Tsunami
5. Filibuster
6. Contempt
7. Pandemic
8. Conclave
9. Insipid
10. Inept

Can you give me your Chinese translation to these words?


Hi Kevin,

1. Integrity = 健全(讲人格时包括自尊)

I will take one of these and leave the rest to others.


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My Understanding Dec 15, 2005

1. Integrity = 廉正,诚实, 正直
2. Refugee = 难民, 流亡者
3. Levee = 堤岸,防洪堤
4. Tsunami = 海啸
5. Filibuster = 阻挠议案通过;妨碍议事
6. Contempt = 轻视;藐视
7. Pandemic = 流行性疾病
8. Conclave = 秘密或机密的会议
9. Insipid = 乏味的;枯燥的
10. Inept = 不适当的, 无能的, 不称职的

Mark

[Edited at 2005-12-15 03:30]


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Sounds pretty good. Dec 15, 2005

Hi, Mark

Thank you for translating them! Sounds pretty good. Can you please remove the quote in your message? I provided the list, but you did the translation.

Looking at the top 10 words, I wondered why there were so many Americans checking on the definition of "refugee". This is a myth to me.

Kevin

[Edited at 2005-12-15 02:22]


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细数2005年的热门话题,有政治辩论,有自然灾害,也有新奇的通俗文化,美国人纷纷求助“韦氏”词典来查询这些热点词汇的含义。

韦氏公司通过统计其网络版词典700万在线用户的点击率,总结出了查找频率最高的词,其中,“阻止议案通过”、“难民”、“海啸”名列前十位。

而integrity(正直)一词荣登榜首,有人说,这个词体现了美国民众所关注的价值观。

韦氏公司的总裁约翰·摩尔斯说,integrity在字典中的解释是“坚守准则;清政廉洁”,这个词在网络版辞典中一直很受瞩目。但今年,对integrity真正含义的关注是前所未有的。大约有20万人在线查询过这个词的解释。

摩尔斯说,“我觉得美国人民已经意识到了美国社会应该关注的一个重要问题。这个词汇榜为我们开启了一扇窗,透过它,我们可以了解人们在生活中关注哪些东西。”

马萨诸塞大学的新闻学教授拉尔夫·怀特黑德说,这也许反映了美国人长期以来有关价值观和道德观的争论,也可能意味着当今社会“正直”正在日益减少,它的定义被淡忘了。

排在第十位的词是inept(无能的;不称职的),摩斯说,这个词在布什总统召开的一次黄金时段现场新闻发布会后便引起很多人的关注。那次新闻发布会收场很尴尬,因为有线电视台中途停止转播,换上了电视台平时的定点节目。

位居榜单中间的八个词汇大多源自热点新闻事件,例如,去年12月在印度洋沿岸国家肆虐的海啸就把tsunami一词带进了人们的视线。

但是“十大”词汇排行榜并不能说明美国人只对重大问题感兴趣或是只受这些问题的困扰。

美国 “名嘴”西蒙·考埃尔在主持《美国偶像》真人秀节目中评价一名歌手表现“平淡(insipid)”,之后,韦氏网站上这个词的查询率迅速上升。

“十大”词汇排行榜如下:

1 正直
2 难民
3 蔑视
4 阻止议案通过
5 平淡的
6 海啸
7(疾病)广泛流行的
8 秘密会议
9 堤坝
10 无能的

(中国日报网站编译)


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It reflects the current world situation Dec 15, 2005

Kevin Yang wrote:

Hi, Mark

Looking at the top 10 words, I wondered why there were so many Americans checking on the definition of "refugee". This is a myth to me.

Kevin


I think this is probably because the Americans are concerned with the Middle East wars and other turbulent social situation in other parts of the world.

Mark


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Since Tsunami is on the list, no wonder Refugee comes with it. Dec 15, 2005

1. Integrity:正直
2. Refugee:难民
3. Levee:堤坝
4. Tsunami:海啸
5. Filibuster:冗长/拖延战术
6. Contempt:蔑视
7. Pandemic:瘟疫
8. Conclave:枢密室
9. Insipid:没劲
10. Inept:无能


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check out 'asylum and refugee status'... Dec 15, 2005

http://64.233.187.104/search?q=cache:fFltr3U4_hoJ:edu21.cn/legalenglish/detail-text.asp?id=988%20refugee%20status&hl=en&lr=lang_zh-CN

8 conclave -> a conclave of cardinals (红衣主教) - referring to the election of the new Pope?

3 levee - referring to New Orleans?

1 integrity - referring to Enron?

[Edited at 2005-12-16 09:49]


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Unbelievable Dec 16, 2005

The survey terrifies me. It speaks explicitly that the word most people don't know is the word ¨integrity〃.

Wow! You just never know.


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Another Article Dec 17, 2005

美国2005年度流行语年终大盘点 “难民”列榜首

浏览出自全球语言监测机构的2005年度常用语汇盘点结果,你会发现,“难民”一词位列榜首,“海啸”、“卡特里娜”紧随其后……
  
  尽管“难民”一词还引发了一场小争论,但毋庸置疑,天灾频仍、文化活跃的2005年以它独特的方式给人类语言留下了痕迹。
  
  “难民”位居榜首
  
  全球语言监测机构的这份盘点结果公布于本月15日。
  
  在年度最常用词语一项上,“难民”(refugee)一词高居榜首,主要指今年因“卡特里娜”飓风失去家园的人。全球语言监测机构负责人保罗·佩亚克说,在所有用以指示飓风受害者的词语中,“难民”的使用率是其他词的5倍。
  
  不料“状元”上榜竟引来一场口舌之争。美国黑人民权运动领袖杰西·杰克逊指责说,用“难民”来形容新奥尔良灾民是“不正确、不公平、带有种族歧视”的。他表示,如此使用“难民”一词似乎是有意要把这些灾民和其他美国人区分开来。
  
  美国总统布什似乎也对“难民”这种说法颇有忌讳。相形之下,他更爱用“背井离乡的公民”来指代飓风灾民,还为此据理力争:“我们说的那些人不是‘难民’,他们是美国人。”
  
  美国语言学家威廉·萨菲尔更搬出学术依据来说,“难民”是指那些“因宗教或政治原因在他国寻求庇护的人”,与“因暴风雨寻求避难所的灾民”不可同日而语。
  
  盘点流行语
  
  撇开“难民”一词不提,在“盘点清单”上位居第二的词语是“海啸”(tsunami),专指2004年年尾发生的特大灾难。第三名是“教皇”,以纪念去世的教皇保罗二世。
  
  第四名却不是自然灾害,而是一个似曾相识的词语“中国英语”(chinglish)。它或许让你想起中国人说的“洋泾浜”,专用以取笑外语讲得不地道。但此番上榜的词语并无取笑之意,而是指中国“英文通”渐增,英语大有成为中国“第二普通话”之势。
  
  “中国英语”之后,“H5N1”赫然在目,看来禽流感对全世界的困扰不容小视。
  
  排名第六的是法文词“重复”(recaille),这是法国官方形容巴黎郊区骚乱的用语。之后是“卡特里娜”,可见天灾人祸对人类的伤害都难以让人忘记。
  
  第八名上榜词语是“WIKI”,在夏威夷方言中,“WIKI-WIKI”有“快速”之意,而在此专指提供共同创作环境的网站,每个人都可以任意修改网站上的页面数据,例如2005年声名迭起的网站“维基百科”。
  
  值得一提的还有第九名“SMS”,手机短信(Short Message Service)的缩写。据不完全统计,2005年全球文字短信总数超过1万亿条,还不包括图片短信和彩信在内。
  
  第十位则是“叛乱分子”(insurgent)。
  
  年度流行短语
  
  除了年度最常用词汇,全球语言监测机构还整理出了年度最常用词组。其中,“非主流”(out of the mainstream)位列第一,指代不同政见;“禽流感”(bird flu)位居第二。
  
  有意思的是,因今年美国明星汤姆·克鲁斯在“脱口秀”女王奥普拉·温弗里的节目中失态,使得“跳沙发”(jumping the couch)成为情绪失控的代名词。
  
  在英国,为维护学生学习积极性,老师不提“失败”、“不及格”等字眼而改口说“延迟成功”(deferred success)。“延迟成功”一语由此成为2005使用频率最高的词之一,进入了年度语汇“盘点清单”。

http://news.china.com/zh_cn/international/1000/20051217/12954832.html

“难民”(refugee)一词指今年因“卡特里娜”飓风失去家园的人倒是我没有想到的。

Mark


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The Internet is pervasive but not necessarily persuasive... Dec 17, 2005

排名第六的是法文词“重复”(recaille),这是法国官方形容巴黎郊区骚乱的用语。之后是“卡特里娜”,可见天灾人祸对人类的伤害都难以让人忘记。

  重复?鄙人虽不懂法文,但也能判断不是“重复”!

第十位则是“叛乱分子”(insurgent)

  查查词典,这个“insurgent”不指人,而指叛乱。但这里的意思是指“对手/敌手”。
  
  “deferred success”其实可以译作“尚未成功”。

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法文:Racaille 和 Insurgé Dec 17, 2005

Racaille:在法汉辞典里一般译为:贱民、社会渣滓、败类、流氓。

当法国内政部长使用这个词,并表示要坚决清除某些郊区的某些居住区的“racailles”时,引起了这些郊区部分人和某些左派的不满。

实际上,这是个通俗用词,一般指那些专门倒卖毒品、汽车、武器等的坏蛋,他们往往指使少年干偷盗汽车等坏事,在他们的街区里为非作歹,称王称霸......。内政部长有意使用了这个词,是想表示大众化。值得说明的是,在这些人横行猖狂的居住区,曾有警察不敢单独出入或正常执勤,一般居民不敢在外边多呆......等现象。


Insurgé:在最近的法国郊区暴乱(骚乱)里指暴乱(骚乱)分子。我个人倾向于使用“骚乱分子”。

法国媒体一般使用“émeute"来形容这次“骚乱”,法汉辞典译为“骚乱","émeutier":骚乱者。


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Thanks for your elaboration. More for you and othes to ponder. Dec 18, 2005





 
Monitoring the World's Languages
 
Contact: 1.925.367.7557 or info@LanguageMonitor.com
 
 
 
The Top Word Lists for 2005: 
'Refugee', 'Outside the Mainstream' and '(Acts of) God'

 
Top Word, Phrase and Name of the Year
 

San Diego, California (December 16, 2005) Refugee, Outside the Mainstream, and (Acts of) God were selected as leading the Top Word, Phrase and Name Lists of 2005 released earlier today by the Global Language Monitor in its annual worldwide survey. The Global Language Monitor (GLM) publishes Year 2005 lists regarding: The Top Words, Top Phrases, Top Names, Global Youth Speak, as well as the Top Word Spoken on the Planet.
 
"2005 was the year we saw a convergence of a number sometimes contradictory language trends: the major global media became more pervasive yet actually less persuasive; the language spoken by the youth of the world is converging at an ever increasing rate; and the Political Correctness movement become a truly global phenomenon," said Paul JJ Payack, President of The Global Language Monitor (GLM).
The year has been a vibrant one for language, rife with examples that have been nominated by the GLM抯 Language Police, volunteer language observers from the world over.
 
The Top Ten Words of 2005:
     1.  Refugee: Though the word was considered politically incorrect in the US, 'refugees' were often considered the lucky ones in streaming away from a series of global catastrophes unmatched in recent memory.
     2.  Tsunami: From the Japanese tsu nami for 'harbor wave', few recognized the word before disaster struck on Christmas Day, 2004, but the word subsequently flooded with unprecedented (and sustained) media coverage.
     3.  Poppa/Papa/Pope: (Italian, Portuguese, English, many others). The death of beloved Pope John Paul II kept the words on the lips of the faithful around the world.
     4.  Chinglish: The new second language of China from the Chinglish formation: CHINese + EngLISH.
     5.  H5N1: A looming global pandemic that could dwarf the Boubonic Plague of the Middle Ages (and AIDS) boggles the comtemporary imagination.
     6.  Recaille: A quick trip around the Romance languages (French jargon, scum; Spanish, rabble or swine; Italian, worthless dregs) illustrates the full freight of the word used to describe youthful French rioters of North African and Muslim descent.
     7.  Katrina: Name will become synonymous with natural forces responsible for the total and utter descruction of a city.
     8.  Wiki: Internet buzzword (from the Hawai'ian wiki wiki for 'quick, quick') that describes collaboration software where anyone can contribute to the on-going effort.
     9.  SMS: Short Message Service. The world's youth sent over a trillion text messages in 2005. Currently being texted are full-length novels, news, private messages and everything in between.
     10.  Insurgent: Politically neutral term used to describe enemy combatants..
 
Last year the Top Ten Words words were incivility, Red States/Blue States, and Blogosphere.
 
The Top Ten Phrases of 2005:
     1. Out of the Mainstream: Used to describe the ideology of any political opponent.
     2. Bird Flu/Avian Flu: the H5N1 strain of Flu that resembles that of the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic where 60 million died.
     3. Politically Correct: Emerges as a worldwide phenomenon.
     4. North/South Divide In the US it might be Red States and Blue States but globally the 'haves' and 'have nots' are divided by a geographical if not psychological boundary.
     5. Purple Thumb: The badge of honor worn by Iraqi voters proving that they voted in their ground-breaking elections.
     6. Climate Change: Or Global Warming. No matter what your political persuasion, the fact remains that New York City was under 5,000 feet of ice some 20,000 years ago.
     7. String Theory: The idea that the universe is actually constructed of 11-dimensional, pulsating planes of existence.
     8. The Golden Quatrilateral: India's new superhighway system that links the key cities of the Subcontinent.
     9. Jumping the Couch. Apparently losing complete emotional control; made popular by the escapades of Tom Cruise on the Oprah television show.
     10. Deferred success: The idea introduced in the UK that there is no such thing as failure, only deferred success.
 
Last year the Top Phrases were Red States/Blue States, Moral Values, and Two Americas.
 
The Top Ten Names of 2005:
     1.  (Acts of) God: The world watches helplessly as a superpower is humbled as one of its great cities is laid asunder (Hurricane Katrina).
     2.  Tsunami snuffs out nearly 300,000 lives, and an earthquake takes another 200,000 (Kashmir). A Higher Power, indeed.
     3.  Katrina: Greek ?a?a??? (katharos) for 'pure'. Before the hurricane, the name was borne by two saints, Empress Catherine the Great of Russia, and three of Henry VIII's wives.
     4.  John Paul II. The death of beloved Pope John Paul II kept his name on the lips of the faithful around the world.
     5.  Wen Jiabao: Premier of the People's Republic of China since March 2003; leading perhaps the largest economic transformation in history.
     6.  Saddham Hussein: Should re-read Karl Marx: the first time is history, the second is but farce.
     7.  Dubya: Every more 'weeble-like':  Dubya wobbles but he won't fall down.
     8.  Oprah: Now a global phenomenon with an ever-expanding media (and charitable) empire.
     9.  Shakira: the Columbian songstress is captivating ever wider circles.
     10. John Roberts: New Chief Justice of the American Supreme Court.
     11.  Mahmud Ahmadi-nejad: President of Iran since August 2005; he has recently suggest that the Jewish Homeland be moved to Europe.
Last year the Top Names were Dubya Rove (W. and Karl Rove), Mel (Gibson) (Michael) Moore, and Saddam Hussein.
 
Top Global Musical Terms:
     1.  Reggaeton (pronounced Reggae-TONE): Part Latin, part hip hop, with liberal helpings of Dancehall and Caribbean music thrown in for good measure, several Reggaeton radio staples this year made their way into the public consciousness.
     2.  Baile (pronounced Bye-Lay) Funk: Brazilian dance music that has gained popularity worldwide, championed by such trend-setters as Norman Cook in the UK, and Philadelphia DJ Diplo.
     3.  Podcast:  New broadcast medium; think of it as Tivo for your radio. Even your nighbor is podcasting.
     4:  Rootkit: Thanks to an overzealous copy-protection scheme, thousands of music fans who tried to encode Sony artists' music onto their computer unwittingly installing a malicious piece of code that exposed their computers to attack. After intense media scrutiny and public outcry, Sony recalled the CD's from shelves and offered free downloads of affected albums.
     5.  Live 8: Millions of people tuned in to the sequel to Sir Bob Geldoff's1985 Live Aid benefit, this time to raise awareness of poverty and Third World debt and to pressure countries in the G8 to do something about it.

 
The Top Ten Global YouthSpeak Words:
     1. Crunk: A Southern variation of hip hop music; also meaning fun or amped.
     2. Mang: Variation of man, as in "S'up, mang?"
     3. A'ight: All Right, "That girl is nice, she's a'ight"
     4. Mad: A lot; "She has mad money"
     5. Props: Cheers, as in "He gets mad props!"
     6. Bizznizzle: This term for" business" is part of the Snoop Dogg/Sean John-inspired lexicon, as in "None of your bizznizzle!'
     7. Fully: In Australia an intensive. as in 'fully sick'.)
     8. Fundoo: In India, Hindi for cool
     9. Brill! From the UK, the shortened form of brilliant!
     10. "s'up": Another in an apparently endless number of Whazzup? permutations.
 
Southern California YouthSpeak Bonus: Morphing any single syllable word into 3, 4 or even 5 syllables.
 
Last year the Top YouthSpeak terms were: Word, Peace (or Peace out), and Proper.
 
The Most Frequently Spoken Word on the Planet: O.K.
 
The Number of Words in the English Language: 961,958 (estimate 3:44 pm Pacific 11 Dec 2005).
 

 
Top Global Media Stories for 2005:
Death of John Paul II, South Asian Tsunami,
and Hurricane Katrina as Measured by GLM's PQ Index
 
San Diego, California (December 16, 2005) The coverage of the Death of John Paul II, the South Asian Tsunami, and Hurricane Katrina were cited as the Top Global Media Stories for 2005 in terms of Immediate Impact. The rankings were based on the Global Language Monitor's PQ (Predictive-quantities) Index.
 
Over the course of the year, the Top Ten Global Media Stories were Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath; The Iraq War and the ongoing story of the Iraqi people; and the controversy over Global Warming and Climate Change were named the top three stories, followed closely by the South Asian Tsunami; Asian/Bird Flu and the possibility of a global pandemic; and the continuing emergance of China on the world stage. The complete list is found below.
 
"The Global Media, both new and old, electronic and print, Internet and Blogosphere was nearly submerged in the flood of events in 2005," said Paul JJ Payack, President of the Global language Monitor. "We know that the news cycles are ever quickening because of the 24-hour news phenomenon as well as the new media and the Internet. However, this year it appeared that the news itself cascaded at ever increasing rates."
 
The PQ (Predictive-Quantities) Indicator is a proprietary algorithm that tracks words and phrases in the print and electronic media, on the Internet and throughout the blogosphere. The words and phrases are tracked in relation to their frequency, contextual usage and appearance in global media outlets.
 
The Top Media Stories for 2005 (Immediate Impact) follow:
1. Death of John Paul II
2. South Asian Tsunami
3. Hurricane Katrina and its Aftermath
4. Pakistani Earthquake
 
The Top Ten Global Media Stories for 2005 (Over the Course of the Year) follow:
1. Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath
2. The Iraq War and the ongoing story of the Iraqi people
3. Global Warming and Climate Change
4. The South Asian Tsunami
5. Asian/Bird Flu
6. The continuing emergance of China on the world stage
7. Pakistani Earthquake
8. India as the 'back office' to the industrialized world
9. London Subway bombings
10. French Riots


 

Top Politically (in)Correct Words for 2005

Misguided Criminals, Intrinsic Aptitude, and Thought Shower Top Annual List
The BBC Responds to Misguided Criminals for Terrorist Atop List
 
Holiday Bonus:  Christmas-related PC, Banning Red and Green, the Rise of Wintervale, Happy Holiday and Season's Greetings 


 
San Diego, California (Updated November 29, 2005)  Misguided Criminals, Intrinsic Aptitude, and Thought Shower  top the list of the most egregious examples of politically correct language found in 2005 by the Global Language Monitor  in its annual global survey.   This year's list includes words from the US, UK, France and Australia.
 
"2005 was the year we saw the Political Correctness movement become a truly global phenomenon," said Paul JJ Payack, President of The Global Language Monitor (GLM).  "The list is but one more example of the insertion of politics into every facet of modern life."
 
The year has been rife with examples that have been nominated by the GLM's Language Police, volunteer language observers from the world over. 

 
Click here to Watch WCCO's Video (Minneapolis)
 
Click here to Read and Listen to the Chinese Radio Int'l (CRI) Report
 



Katrina, Bird Flu, Climate Change Top List of Hot Political Buzzwords
List Runs Counter To Virtually Every Pundit's Playbook: 
Nota Bene: Talking Heads do not always reflect
the reality of the world (or even worldwide media)
 
San Diego, California (November 7, 2005) "Acts of God" top the Global Language Monitor's PQ (Political-sensitivity Quotient) Index of the Top Political Buzzwords for the Third Quarter, including four of the Top Five:  Hurricane Katrina, Climate Change, H5N1 Bird Flu, and Global Warming. 
 
To the surprise of many, the Washington Pundit's favorites fell uniformly from the Top Political Buzzwords List tracked during the first six months of 2005.  These included:  Supreme Court (down 3 to No. 4), the Iraq Insurgency (down 5 to No. 8), Filibuster (down 7 to No. 15),  Quagmire (down 9 to No. 18) and Out of the Mainstream down 11 to No. 27). 
Breaking into the Top 10 were The New York Times' Scandal involving Judith Miller debuting at No. 9 and outed Valerie Plame appears on the List at No. 10. 


 
The English Language WordClock

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      Read:  The Number of Words in the English Language
 
The World LanguageClock: 6912

Current Count of Living Languages
Top Languages on the Internet
Living Languages by Country
Top Spoken Languages in the World
Numbers 1 to 10 in 1,000 Languages
 
OK or O.K. or Okay:  The Most Popular Word on the Planet
The Infinity Symbol (the lemniscate)

'Desperation' and 'Camp Cupcake' Topped by 'Refugee' as Top TV Buzzword  
Year of Desperate Images Reflecting Harshness of Real Life Dominate TeleWORDS List
San Diego, California. October 13, 2005.   'Refugee' from the on-going coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina tops 'Desperation' from Desperate Housewives and 'Camp Cupcake' from the on-going Martha Stewart follies as the Top Television Buzzword (TeleWORD) for the 2004-05 season, according to the Global Language Monitor, the media tracking and analysis company.  Close behind were 'Reality TV' from The Real World, etc., and  'Curmudgeon' from House.  Rounding out the Top Ten were "Its what we do" from Stargate SG-1, 'Flip Flop' from the 2004 U.S. Presidential Elections, 'Backstory' from Lost, 'Tsunami' from the South Asian earthquake, and 'mobisodes' or one minute episodes for mobile devices.  Words no longer Hip include  "You're fired" from The Apprentice and Mess O Potamia from The Daily Show. Words With Legs include "Yadda, yadda, yadda!" from Seinfeld.   Worldwide, the Largest Global Phenomenon from a Single Word is "Idol/Idool/Idolo" with than two dozen American Idol-type shows spanning the globe from South Africa to India; the Top Word From Down Under is "Free to Air TV;" the Top TV Name in China is "Mickey Mouse;" and the Coolest unCool Series is New Zealands "Fair Go".

Media Abounds With Apocalyptic-type

References in Coverage of Katrina

Disaster, Biblical, Global Warming, Hiroshima Top List
 'Refugee' vs. 'Evacuee'

San Diego, Calif. September 7, 2005.   MetaNewswire.  In an exclusive analysis by The Global Language Monitor
, the worldwide media was found to abound in Apocalyptic-type terminology in its coverage of the unfolding disaster of Hurricane Katrina in the American Gulf States.  Using its proprietary PQI (Predictive Quantities Indicator) algorithm, GLM found the ominous references to include:  Disaster, Biblical, Global Warming, Hiroshima/Nuclear bomb, Catastrophe, Holocaust, Apocalypse, and End-of-the-World.
     "These alarmist references are coming across the spectrum of print and electronic media, and the internet," said Paul JJ Payack, president of GLM.  "The world appears stunned that the only remaining super power has apparently been humbled, on its own soil, by the forces of nature." 
 
List of Top Ten Hurricanes
Etymology of the Name Katrina > Catriona > Katherine
Top Ten Disasters in US History
The Climate Change Question
Retired Hurricane Names
Future Hurricane Names (Global)
 
 Note:  Hurricane Alpha has now been named marking the busiest Atlantic Hurricane
season on record ... the next tropical 'event' will be named beta, then gamma, delta ... and so on through the Greek Alphabet.  Here's the entire Greek Alphabet:

 

 
Hurricane Disaster Buzzword Explainer

San Diego, Calif. September 2, 2005.   MetaNewswire.  The Global Language Monitor in response to worldwide demand, has created this Hurricane Disaster Buzzword Explainer to help readers understand the many buzzwords, acronyms, and odd turns of phrase that are being employed in relation to the Hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans as it unfolds

 
 
Australia bans the word 'mate;'

    GLM'S Language Police suggest these others:

    'No Worries', 'Down Under', 'Barbie', etc.

San Diego, Calif. August 24, 2005.   MetaNewswire.  Last week, the Department of Parliamentary Services in Canberra, issued a general warning to its security staff banning the use of the word 'mate' in any dealings they might have with both members of the Parliament and the public.  Almost immediately, Australian Prime Minister John Howard called the ban "absurd" while the Opposition labeled it "un-Australian".   The ban has since been rescinded.

 
Global Fashion Alert: 'Skirt With No Name' 
Challenges Linguists -- and the Fashion Elite

 
Gypsy, Tiered, Flouncy, Bouncy, or Boho?

San Diego, Calif. August 6, 2005. The 'Skirt With No Name' has become a linguistic wonder since, unlike most mass-merchandized products with apparent global appeal -- it has no name, or rather none generally accepted by the consumers, who have come up with a plethora of names to describe it. "It's as if Motorola has introduced a new model of its popular 'Moto' phones or Toyota a new Lexus sedan only to have the consumer ignore the names bestowed upon them by their respective marketers and insist upon using their own particular favorite," said Paul JJ Payack, President and the WordMan for the Global Language Monitor.

 
To read the story from the UK Perspective,"The Boho Gypsy Phenomenon," CLICK HERE.
 

Click Here for Fashion Primer
 
'Terrorist' Or 'Bomber'?  BBC Stirs Debate on Political Correctness: Filtering Events of All Emotional Content
 
San Diego, California (July 15, 2005) The BBC's use of the term 'misguided criminals' and 'bombers' when referring to the perpetrators of the recent London blasts have stirred an international debate on politically correct language.  The words replace the term terrorist, which according to the BBC can "carry emotional or value judgments".  According to the Global Language Monitor's exclusive PQ (Political-sensitivity Quotient) Index, the term 'terrorist' appears 700% more frequently on the web than 'bomber' when linked to terror-related activities such as suicide bombings, and the like.   When tracking global news articles only, the word 'bomber' can be found in about 40% of the articles, though usually in combination with 'terrorist' or 'terrorist-related' words.  The phrase 'misguided criminals' is found only about 5000 times on the entire web, many times linked to the emerging BBC story.



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