Tumultuous Words for Tempestuous Times -- The English language well represents the tumultuous words and the tempestuous world of today.
(Media-Newswire.com) - August 2017, Austin, TEXAS, and NEW YORK ( Update ) — The Global Language Monitor ( GLM ) today announced the Top Words of the Year ( #WOTY ) for 2017.
Truth continues as the Top Word of the Year, while Narrative continues in second place. Reflecting the rising alarm GLM first pointed to during the first presidential debates, Opioids made the leap from No. 10 to No.3.
Of the next seven spots, all were new to the rankings with the exception of the Nuclear Option ( Korea ), which moved up two spots to No. 5.
New words in thr ranking included Woke, Deep State, and Robot Apocalypse. Regarding ‘fake news,’ newly unmasked as an ethnic slur, the term was supplanted by the concept of a ‘higher level of fake news’ — a time-honored methodology of creating and planting ‘legitimate’ news stories over the last several decades. The most downward trending were Brexit falling eight spots to No. 12, and No. 3 #Resist most dramatically dropping from No. 3 to No. 19.
GLM also announced that the Global English Word of the Year for 2016 was not a word but a meme: the blood-soaked image of Omran Daqneesh, five years old, sitting in an ambulance while awaiting treatment in Allepo, Syria.
Covfefe, the Trumpian Typo heard ‘round the world, crossed GLM’s Triple Threshold to make the 2017 #WOTY list, with some 400,000+ media citations alone.
“The amount of linguistic churn in this three-month span is interesting in the extreme. In fact, ihe English language well represents the tumultuous words and the tempestuous world of today,” said Paul JJ Payack, President, and Chief Word Analyst of GLM. “If this churn persists for a significantly longer period of time, this will presage an unprecedented moment in the history of the language.“
‘Truth’ is Top Word of the Year, in all analyses in 2017.
Comparison with the earlier version continues below.
2017 Words of the Year with rank, comment, and last ranking.
1. Truth -- Let's face it. The conversation is all about truth, or lack thereof. Since the mid-'80s, citations of word truth are up some 40% ( 1 )
2. Narrative -- Narratives are replacing facts in politics ( 2 )
3. Opioids -- More deaths than gun violence and automobile crashes combined ( 10 )
4. Woke -- Awakening to increases awareness social and racial justice awareness. ( New )
5. Nuclear Option ( NK ) -- The use of nuclear weapons by either side in the current North Korean standoff. ( 7 )
6. Deep State -- The idea that entenched bureaucacies, beholden to no one, actually control the ship of state with little concern for elected officials. In effect, a Shadow Government. ( New )
7. Robot Apocalypse -- The oncoming usurpation of Humankind by robots and other advanced form of Artificial Intellegence. ( New )
8. Higher Level of Fake News -- A higher level of controlling the news through special relationships, the tight control of events, planting sources, and keeping the actual facts to a tight inner circle. ( New )
9. Great American Eclipse -- The total eclipse off the sun occuing on August 21 viewable only in the US. ( New )
10. Lean Into -- Being totally commited ( or leaning into ) a cause, an initiative, or career choice. Popularized by by Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook. ( New )
11. MOAB -- GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast, AKA the Mother Of All Bombs ( 8 )
12. Brexit -- British Exit from the European Union ( 4 )
13. Non-binary -- Gender identity defined as neither male nor female ( 13 )
14. Memory Care -- Euphemism for treating Alzheimer and other forms of dementia. ( 14 )
15. Anthropocene -- The current geological time period where human activities have had a major environmental impact on the Earth. ( 15 )
16. Covfefe -- The Trumpian Typo Heard 'Round the world. ( New )
17. Latinx -- Neologism for Hispanic heritage of any stripe. ( 11 )
18. Ransomware -- A type of malware where targetted sites are 'captured' and rendered useless until a ransom is paid to the hackers. Hence ransomware. ( New )
19. #Resist -- From Latin resistere, from re- + sistere to take a stand ( 3 )
20. Cultural Appopriation -- Now refers to the exploitation of an 'ethnic' culture by those of white European heritage. ( New )
Missed the Cut and former rank: Alt-left ( 18 ), Alt-right ( 17 ), Bigly ( 5 ), Dumpster Fire ( 9 ), Nuclear Option for US Senate ( 6 ), Populism ( 19 ), Post-Truth ( 16 ), and Safe Place ( 20 ).
The Top Words, Phrases, and Names since the Turn of the Century
2016: Top Words: No. 1 Truth, No. 2 Narrative, No. 3, #Resist Top Phrases: No. 1 Make America Great Again No. 2 When they go low, we go high No. 3 The Electoral College Top Names: No. 1 Donald Trump, No. 2 Vladimir Putin, No. 3 Neil Gorsuch
2015: Top Words: No. 1 Microaggression Top Phrases: No. 1 Migrant Crisis Top Names: No. 1 Donald J. Trump
2014: Top Words: No. 1 The Heart ♥ Emoji ( for love ) , No. 2 Hashtag , No. 3 Vape Top Phrases: No. 1 Hands Up, Don’t Shoot; No. 2 Cosmic Inflation, No. 3 Global Warming Top Names: No. 1 Ebola, No. 2 Pope Francis, No. 3 World War I
2013: Top Words: No. 1 ’404’, No.2 Fail, No.3 Hashtag Top Phrases: No. 1 Toxic Politics, No. 2 Federal Shutdown, No.3 Global Warming/Climate Change Top Names: No. 1. Pope Francis, No. 2 ObamaCare, No.3 NSA
2012: Top Words: No. 1 ApocalypseArmageddon, No.2 Deficit, No. 3 Olympiad Top Phrases: No. 1 Gangnam Style, No. 2 Climate Change/Global Warming, No. 3 Fiscal Cliff Top Names: No. 1 Newtown and Malala Yousafzai, No. 3 Xi Jinping
2011: Top Words: No. 1 Occupy, No.2 Fracking, No.3 Drone Top Phrases: No. 1 Arab Spring, No. 2 Royal Wedding, No.3 Anger and Rage Top Names: No. 1 Steve Jobs, No. 2 Osama bin-laden and Seal Team Six, No.3 Fukushima
2010: Top Words: No. 1 Occupy, No.2 Fracking, No.3 Drone Top Phrases: No. 1 Anger and Rage, No. 2 Climate Change, No. 3 The Great Recession Top Names: No. 1 Hu Jintao, paramount leader of China, No. 2 iPad, No. 3 Barack Obama
2009: Top Words: No. 1 Twitter, No. 2 Obama-, No. 3 H1N1 Top Phrases: No. 1 King of Pop, No. 2 Obama-mania, No. 3 Climate Change Top Names: No. 1 Obama, No. 2 Michael Jackson, No. 3 Mobama
2008: Top Words: No. 1 Change, No. 2 Bailout, No. 3 Obama-mania Top Phrases: No. 1 Financial Tsunami, No. 2 Global Warming, No. 3 “Yes, We Can!” Top Names: No. 1 Barack Obama, No. 2 George W. Bush, No.3 Michael Phelps
2007: Top Words: No. 1 Hybrid ( representing all things green ), No. 2: Surge Top Phrase: Climate Change Top Name: Al Gore
2006: Top Word: Sustainable Top Phrase: Stay the Course Top Name: Dafur
2005: Top Words: No. 1, Refugee No. 2: Tsunami No. 3: Katrina Top Phrase: Outside the Mainstream Top Name: ( acts of ) God
2004: Top Word: Incivility ( for inCivil War ) Top Phrase: Red States/Blue States No. 2: Rush to War Top Name: Dubya/Rove
2003: Top Word: Embedded Top Phrase: Shock and Awe, No. 2: Rush to War Top Name: Saddam Hussein, No. 2 Dubya
2002: Top Word: Misunderestimate Top Phrase: Threat Fatigue Top Name: W ( Dubya )
2001: Top Word: Ground Zero Top Phrase: ‘Lets Roll’ Top Name: The Heros
2000: Top Word: Chad Top Phrase: Dot.com Top Name: W ( Dubya )
Methodology: The words are culled from throughout the English-speaking world, which now numbers more than 1.83 billion speakers ( January 2013 estimate ) GLM employs its NarrativeTracker technologies for global Internet and social media analysis.
NarrativeTracker is based on global discourse, providing a real-time, accurate picture about any topic, at any point in time.
NarrativeTracker analyzes the Internet, blogosphere, the top 300,000 print and electronic global media, as well as new social media sources as they emerge.
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