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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 cnn.com, 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