And the one millionth English word is…


… “Web 2.0”, according to The Global Language Monitor, which uses statistical techniques to document, analyse and track trends in language the world over, with a particular emphasis on Global English.

The site is a bit of a hotch-potch, with sections on Politically Correct Speech, Bushisms, Fashion, Hollywood, Obama, the Olympics, and lots more. It even has a page called “Words of the Pandemic that You Need to Know”, which is certainly topical, with swine flu now up-graded to pandemic status.

I don’t see The Global Language Monitor making it on to my list of “most valued research tools”, but it’ll do fine as a procrastination destination.

4 Responses to “And the one millionth English word is…”

  1. 1 mjroosevelt

    I agree, this “dictionary” is one of the most arbitrary things I’ve ever seen. Thanks for the link btw.

  2. 2 zoe

    Web 2.0? Makes you question their definition of a word really. It’s time that one was Room 101ed. There’s word number one million and one.

  3. But “Web 2.0” was coined in 1999. How can that be the millionth word? Unless they’re saying the millionth word was coined ten years ago. I agree with you — the Global Language Monitor is not a “most valued research tool.”

    • 4 wordstogoodeffect

      Yes, it does seem a bit arbitrary. The Language Monitor says that “It has crossed from technical jargon into far wider circulation in the last six months”, so maybe that’s their criterion. But still a bit late in the day, especially as we’re now talking about Web 3.0. I’d also take issue with an existing word with a number tagged on being defined as a new word to enter the language.

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