What Words Appear Most Often in the Media?

The Global Language Monitor tracks the frequency of words and phrases appearing in print and electronic media worldwide. Its list of top 10 words of 2007 in English include "hybrid," "surge," and "bubble."

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The Global Language Monitor tracks the frequency of words and phrases in print and electronic media around the world. The GLM recently came out with its list of the top 10 words of 2007, words in English that is.

Number one in frequency is hybrid, as in fuel-efficient cars, followed by surge, as in the Iraq war, and bubble, a la housing bubble. Bluetooth is also in the top 10. A few lexical logical inventions we especially like, smirting, which is defined as the newfound art of flirting while being banished outside a building as you smoke. Also, amigo-ization, which is the increasingly Hispanic influence in the U.S. There's also a list of top 10 phrases. That includes climate change, fade to black, all time low, and no noising, which is apparently a Chinese-English hybrid; Chinglish perhaps, for quiet, please.

Coming up, more semantic antics - how the meaning of a word can change over time.

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