Selfie, Hashtag Among Top Words And Phrases of 2013



As the year draws to a close, I just want to take this opportunity to say how much I’ve enjoyed our social media course. When I signed up for this course, I thought we would just be learning how to use Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks more efficiently. I never imagined learning all the ways to communicate internally or the eight ways to enhance a social media plan. I also enjoyed reading everyone’s blogs this semester. It was wonderful to share our interests and ideas with one another.

Since this is my last blog post for the semester, I thought it would be fun to share with you the top words and phrases of 2013. I recently read that Oxford declared its word of the year is “selfie ” – that’s right, selfie. According to, the word was first used in an Australian chatroom in 2002 to describe an undignified scene. At first I was in disbelief that this is the word that defines our entire year. But at the same time, it’s interesting to think about how social media is so influential that a word like “selfie” or “hashtag” becomes part of our every day terminology. As much as “selfie” was used, it is not the only word to make the top words of this year. Here is Global Language Monitor’s  Top 10 Words, Phrases, and Names of 2013:

Top words:
1. 404
2. Fail
3. Hashtag
4. @Pontifex
5. The optic
6. Surveillance
7. Drones
8. Deficit
9. Sequestration
10. Emancipate

Top phrases:
1. Toxic politics
2. Federal shutdown
3. Global warming/climate change
4. Federal deficit
5. Tread lightly
6. Boston Strong
7. Marathon bombing
8. Chemical weapons
9. All time high
10. Rogue nukes

Top names:
1. Pope Francis
2. ObamaCare
3. NSA
4. Ed Snowden
5. Kate Middleton
6. IRS
7. Ted Cruz
8. Chris Christie
9. Tea Party
10. Marathon bombers


2 responses to “Selfie, Hashtag Among Top Words And Phrases of 2013

  1. The first time when I heard about it, I was also shocked. In my another class PR ethics, I did a research on “revenge porn” with my group, and “selfie” is one of the most important keyword in our paper. So we are all glad that Oxford declared it as the word of the year! And back in China, we have a dictionary like Oxford which will also declare a word for each year. I am so surprised that more and more “word of the year” are from the Internet. Like we had “Geili”(which is similar to excellent) and “Kengdie” (which is similar to do harm to your Dad) for the last two years, and they were all words from social media platforms! Social media is really becoming increasingly crucial in our life, right?

  2. Cristina. I just want to say the exact words “I have enjoyed the class”. I never thought about that there are so many tools are helpful monitoring. I used to wonder why there are so many consumer/reader/whatever reports on social media? Where did they get those datas? How did they analyze those data? There are a huge mount of data! It is impossible to collect it and analyze it by yourself! And this class- social media answers all my questions! It shows me fantastic tools that can help me do research and analysis. And we use them in our final project. It does us a great favor to target our audiences, monitor their conversation and predict their interest and etc. At last I have to say I love you girls. You, Joyce and Chen. We made a good team. I will always remember the days we hang out together and brought you to some Chinese restaurants!

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