15 Nov 2010

Spillcam, vuvuzela declared top words of 2010

1:02 pm on 15 November 2010

"Spillcam" and "vuvuzela" were the top words of 2010, reflecting the global impact of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the noisy South African horns at the World Cup soccer tournament, according to a survey.

"Refudiate - a word coined by US politician Sarah Palin in a cross between refute and repudiate - also made the top 10, according to the annual Global Language Monitor survey released on Sunday.

The Texas-based survey uses a maths formula to track the frequency of words and phrases in the English-speaking world of more than 1.58 billion people.

It declared that President Hu Jintao of China and Apple's new iPad were the two top names of the year on a list that also featured "Chilean Coal Miners", reflecting the worldwide fascination with televised rescue in October of 33 men trapped deep in a mine.

"Anger and rage" among political voters from the United States to Greece was deemed the most popular phrase of 2010.

"Obamania", one of the biggest phrases of the past two years, ranked in 10th place.

Last year's top words were Twitter, Obama and the flu virus H1N1.