If you thought 2011 was Kate Middleton's year - between wedding bells, a Canadian tour, and incessant baby rumours - wait until 2012. A language survey group has predicted that Kate will be the most used word in the media in 2012, reports Reuters.
Texas-based Global Language Monitor says the duchess won’t be disappearing from headlines any time soon. A royal pregnancy would make Kate’s name a buzzword, much like it was during news of her engagement to Prince William. And as an ambassador to London’s 2012 Olympic Summer Games, her every appearance will be plastered across television screens and newspaper pages across the world.
Other words on the group’s list of 2012 predictions include: “Olympiad,” which will garner buzz during the Olympic Games; “Bak’tun,” a reference to the Mayan Apocalypse theory; and “the election,” with Americans gearing up for the November 6, 2012 election that will decide President Obama’s much-debated fate.
The Global Language Monitor, which uses a computer algorithm to analyze words and phrases from thousands of media outlets and websites from around the world, recently released its list of the top words and phrases of 2011.
Worldwide Occupy protests launched the words “Occupy” and “The Other 99” into the number one and number 10 spots, respectively. “Non-veg”, an Indian term for a meal served with meat, grabbed the number five spot as it began to catch on worldwide. “Climate change,” “royal wedding,” and “Arab spring” were amongst the top phrases.
What do you think was the most overused word of 2011?
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