"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Words for 2008

Here are my suggested top words and phrases for 2008:-

Credit-crunch – A credit crunch (also known as a credit squeeze) is a sudden reduction in the general availability of loans (or credit), or a sudden increase in the cost of obtaining loans from banks.

Bring on the Wall – Game shows, like reality shows, were ever increasing their popularity. The BBC “Hole in the Wall” – a game show brought over from Japan like many others – was extremely popular despite being aimed at audiences aged about five years old.

Keep dancing – the catchphrase of Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly, “Strictly Come Dancing” was a winner at this year's National Television Awards, scooping the award for Most Popular Talent Show, as voted for by the general public.

We want change – One of the catchphrases of Democratic candidate Barack Obama - the first African American to be voted President-elect of the USA.

Wackaloon – Wonderful description of Sarah Palin, Republican Vice-Presidential candidate.

Counter-terrorism - The day-to-day title of a Bill and later Act. A setback for Gordon Brown’s Prime Ministership, it avoided running aground by a mere 9 votes when the maximum period a suspect may be held without charge was extended from 28 to 42 days

Blogrolls – Blogs became increasingly popular and more people now added blogrolls - lists of links to other blogs or websites with related content.

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