Top Ten Word Lists of 2002 Announced by yourDictionary.com
Lists include Top Ten Words, People's Names, California YouthSpeak, Top Phrases, Corporate Buzzwords, Product Names, Best & Worst Corporate Name Changes, Misspellings, and more.
Danville, California. December 25, 2002. yourDictionary.com (YDC), the premier global language portal, today announced the release of its lists of the most important words of 2002,
including lists of the overall Top Ten Words, Personal Names, California YouthSpeak, Top Phrases, Corporate Buzzwords, Product Names, Best and Worst of Corporate Names, Misspellings,
and various other topics.
According to Paul JJ Payack, chairman, president and The WordMan of yourDictionary.com, "Our lists attempt to capture that evolution and innovations in word choice and usage that tell
us something about ourselves." The linguistic specialists at yourDictionary.com queried experts (and word warriors) around the world to determine their rankings.
Words and comments by the staff and visitors at yourDictionary.com.
Top Ten Words of 2002
What President Bush's opponents have learned not to do, in his own word.
This time an uplifting story about Pennsylvania coal miners and not a 'reality TV' series. .
A new danger found lurking in our food, named for the same man (Joseph Lister) who invented the surgical antiseptic now used as a mouthwash, Listerine.
The parading of criminals in handcuffs before the cameras. It made the news only as some of the nation's most distinguished faces began appearing there.
What people are increasingly out of, a computer term now applied to modern life.
As around the Beltway. The US discovered that terrorists do not have a monopoly on terror.
7. To nasdaq
As in, "His fortune was nasdaqued." The bubble of the mid-to-late '90s returns to reality and adds a worthy item to our vocabulary.
The freedom fighters of an earlier era today are now a threat to delicate Afghani democracy.
A great new euphemism for problem, fault or any other type of misstep; we no longer repair the fault, we simply 'resolve' the issue.
Not the love of feet, though it has rocked the Catholic Church to its foundations.
Top Ten Personal Names of 2002
1. W (Dubya)
George W. Bush remains at the center of the whirlwind.
2. Trent Lott
The Republican's November surprise thrust him back into the spotlight and he made the most of it at Strom Thurmond's 100th birthday party.
3. Cardinal Law
More properly, Bernard Cardinal Law, who was ousted from the Boston Archdiocese for his mishandling of the sexual abuse scandal.
4. Elizabeth Dole
After her husband's defeat in his bid for the presidency, Ms. Dole returns to Washington as the Republican Senator from North Carolina.
5. Rudolph Giuliani
Last year's consensus Man of the Year now reaping millions as a consultant, speaker and author.
6. The Osbournes
MTV's dysfunctional family hit has unleashed Ozzie's clan to the world-at-large.
7. Saddam Hussein
The nemesis of former president Bush who won the presidential 'election' in Iraq with 100% of the vote and now faces Mr. Bush's son in a showdown.
8. Osama bin Laden
Dead or alive, still making news.
9. Martha Stewart
This year has definitely not been 'a good thing'.
10. Al Gore
Cleared the way for President Bush to win his next election for President by gracefully bowing out of contention.
Top Ten California Youthspeak Words
Object of affection, either personally or in the cultural milieu.
2. For shizzle
Variation of 'for sure', popularized by rapper Snoop Dogg.
Way cool, as in 'rolling phat'.
An intensive: hella tight or hella phat.
This greeting refuses to die, entering mainstream circles.
Dinero, money. Originally from 'cash flow'. Also, 'bank' for lots of flow.
Perfect. In the California Youthspeak version of Cockney rhyming slang 'toppins' rhymes with Poppins, which connotes Mary Poppins who was 'perfect in every way'.
9. Bling bling
The sounds of diamond and gold jewelry clinking together.
Cigarette, short for 'stogy'.
Bonus California Youthspeak Phenomenon of Note
1. Up Talking
Ending all sentences with a rising or upward inflection, as if asking a question.
Top Phrases of 2002
1. Threat Fatigue
The dulling of the senses to imminent terrorist threats.
2. Weapons of Mass Destruction
The key to whether the US will stage an aggressive attack on Iraq.
3. Suicide Bomber
2002 was a sad year as record numbers of Palestinian youth decided to trade their lives for Israeli lives.
4. Shoe Bomb
An idea that might have outperformed Air Jordans landed Richard Reid in jail and initiated the shoe search at US airports.
5. Infectious enronitis
A disease of accounting practices that spread widely throughout US businesses.
6. Homeland Security
A new phrase of mysterious origins naming the national response to 9/11.
7. Dot communism
The conviction that everything on the Web should be free-or, at least, paid for by someone else.
Top 5 Words Miscoined by President Bush (Bushisms)
To seriously underestimate.
To make emotionally better (antonym to embitter).
To resonate as in, "They said this issue wouldn't resignate with the People."
To understand the complexity of geopolitical realities from the various global perspectives, as in "I have a foreign-handed foreign policy".
To fully study a subject, as in "This case has had full analyzation and has been looked at a lot".
Best New Product Names
1. Trikke Scooter.
Great name for an unconventional three-wheeled scooter.
2. Nano Tex
High tech fabric that utilizes nanotechnology to create a super-smooth, stain-resistant fabric.
3. Twist and Pour Paints
The paint container that's designed to let the user 'twist-and-pour' the paint. The name says it all.
Worst New Product Names
Youth batting helmet. A great product with a not-so-great name.
Apple's new version of the OS X operating system. An internal code-name that somehow slipped Apple's usually expert marketing maze.
Volkswagen's new SUV named in French after the nomadic North African tribe.
Best Corporate Name Change
1. American Home Products
To Wyeth, good move. American Home Products does not exactly connote the company's new core competencies of synthetic chemistry: molecules, recombinant proteins and vaccines.
Last year's worst product name looks better and better the further Andersen sinks.
Worst Corporate Name Changes
1. Bearing Point
(or BreakingPoint?) KPMG's attempt to distance itself from the rest of the former 'Big Six' accounting firms.
Still doing business as Enron!? The crisis management rulebook calls for a clean break with the past to re-position the company. But then Enron never was one to follow the rules.
Top Corporate Words or Phrasees
1. The Schultz Defense
"I know nothing . . . nothing!" From the running line of the pudgy German guard in the now defunct TV series "Hogan's Heroes."
2. Dot communism
The belief that all on-line services should be free.
3. Dematerialization (of documents)
Correspondence does not need to be shredded, if it is published by the Web and internet.
4. Low-hanging Fruit
The technique of ranking employees annually and then cutting the lowest 10% loose.
Top Advertising Word
A fresh or original idea. Supplants 'edgy' which was THE word for a few years now.
Top Internet Words Moving into Widespread Use
To converse as in, "Let's interface".
To perform several tasks at the same time.
To start over or begin a new effort.
4. Out of Bandwidth (or RAM)
Unable to multitask.
As in 'My hard drive crashed'.
Top Color-related Words
Shade of blue
Top Sports-related Words
College football's Bowl Championship Series to crown a national championship in lieu of a playoff.
2. Grand Slam
Tiger Woods did not win all four of golf's major tourneys in the same year, though he did own all four trophies at the same time; dubbed the 'Tiger Slam'.
Top Five Most Misspelled Words
You should be grateful to know that keeping "great" out of "grateful" is great.
This word is governed by one of the rare rules of English orthography, so why not enjoy it? After [c] and [g], [e] is retained to indicate the letter is "soft," i.e. pronounced like
[s] or [j], respectively.
The apostrophe marks a contraction of "it is." Something that belongs to it is "its."
Flounder is a fish; 'to founder' is to run aground.
What is more embarrassing than to misspell the name of the problem?
Most frequently spoken word on the Planet:
Still the most popular word in languages around the world. "OK" originated in a joke in the 1830's, spelled "oll korrekt" in Boston newspapers, the joke being, both words were
incorrect. It became so popular, that it was soon abbreviated to simply "O. K." Despite its popularity, the word would have fallen by the wayside had not Martin van Buren, called
"Old Kinderhook" for being born in Kinderhook, N.Y. used it in his presidential reelection campaign of 1840. So don't "misunderestimate" the impact of presidential usage on the
growth of our vocabulary. It is also spelled "okay."
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