If you could choose just one word that had the most impact over the past decade, the thing that has defined us societally, what would it be? Recession? Internet? Economy? Web? Terror?
This from the American Dialect Society:
In its 20th annual words of the year vote, the American Dialect Society voted “tweet” (noun, a short message sent via the Twitter.com service, and verb, the act of sending such a message) as the word of the year and “ google” (a generic form of “Google,” meaning “to search the Internet) as its word of the decade.
Both words are, in the end, products of the Information Age, where every person has the ability to satisfy curiosity and to broadcast to a select following, both via the Internet. We really thought blog would take the honors in the word of the decade category, but more people google than blog, don’t they? Plus, many people think ‘blog’ just sounds ugly. Maybe Google’s trademark lawyers would have preferred it, anyway.
As we start a new decade, we wonder what words, what technologies, what visionaries, will define our society and culture. The possibilites seem endless. This is the case for every generation, we suppose (unable to define the revolution when in the middle of it.)
We all have an opportunity to help shape the words of the coming decade. The ones worth remembering. The ones that will make a difference.