Tweetup and Hashtag Make the List of Top 2009 Words


The Oxford Dictionary may have chosen “unfriend” as word of the year, but what else was in our collective lexicon in 2009? A Words of the Year list commissioned by the Oxford University Press included a number of words from our familiar technosocial corner, according to the Telegraph.

“Tweetup,” “hashtag,” “freemium,” “paywall,” “unfriend” and “tag cloud” all made the list, which was compiled by dictionary expert Susie Dent after poring over the two billion-word Oxford English Corpus database. One of the more “late to the party” terms included is “Slashdot effect,” which finally achieves its small measure of lexical legitimacy despite having already arguably had its heyday.

Regardless, it’s interesting to watch terms from Twitter, Facebook and social media creep into a more mainstream consciousness. Any conspicuous neologisms you see missing from this year’s list?

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