Danville, CA (PRWEB) September 15, 2004
(September 13, 2004) "You're Fired!", Donald Trump's trademark catchphrase from The Apprentice reality show tops the Television Buzzword List (TeleWords) for 2003-'04 Season according to the Global Language Monitor (http://www.LanguageMonitor.com). Close behind was ÂMess OÂ PotamiaÂ from The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, ÂGirlie Men,Â from CaliforniaÂs Gov. Schwarzenegger, ÂGod,Â from Joan of Arcadia and Angels in America, and ÂWardrobe Malfunction,Â from the recent Miss Universe Pageant as well as Super Bowl XXXVIII.
Rounding out the Top Ten were: ÂInfectious disease,Â from the ever-expanding C.S.I franchise, "OCD" for Tony Shaloub's trademark Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder from Monk, ÂThe O.C.Â as a geographic entity from The O.C., "Extreme MakeoverÂ from any of the reality-based show genre, and ÂGrim ReaperÂ from Dead Like Me.
Words No Longer Hip include ÂfahgeddaboutitÂ from The Sopranos, ÂVoted off the islandÂ, from the Survivor series, and ÂÂ so Â as an intensive, as in ÂÂ so yesterday!Â or ÂÂ so not fair!Â from Friends.
ÂTelevision has always had a disproportionate impact on culture, reverberating far beyond the confines of the studio world. This is true even in a year marked by extraordinary events,Â said Paul JJ Payack, president of The Global Language Monitor. ÂWeÂve chosen the words and phrases most likely to have a lasting impact on popular culture; ÂYouÂre Fired!Â is but one example that we hear repeated endlessly in the media and on the internet, while "Mess O' Potamia" more closely reflects world events.Â
The Television Buzzword List (TeleWords) for 2003-'04 Season is released in conjunction with the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards televised by the ABC Television Network on Sunday, September 19th from the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium.
The complete list, with commentary, follows.
TeleWords / Show / Comment
1. You're Fired!
Show: The Apprentice
Comment: Donald Trump's signature phrase
2. Mess O' Potamia
Show: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
More 18-49s get their news from Daily Show than mainstream media
3. Girlie Men
Show: Gov. Schwarzenegger of California
Transcends politics moving into pop culture
Show: Joan of Arcadia and Angels in America
Supreme Being made quite a comeback on the small screen
5. Wardrobe Malfunction
Show: Miss Universe Pageant; Super Bowl XXXVIII
Recent Miss Universe incident reinforces the phrase
6. Infectious Disease
Show: CSI Franchise
Evidently nothing can contain the CSI franchise
Tony Shaloub's trademark Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
8. The O.C. as a geographic entity
Show: The O.C.
TV literally is a 'geography of the mind'
9. Extreme Makeover
Show: From any of the reality-show genre
Both 'extreme' and 'makeover,' in any combination
10. Grim Reaper
Show: Dead Like Me
Hasn't made such an impact in popular culture since Ingmar Bergman's "Seventh Seal"
Words No Longer Hip
Show: The Sopranos
Comments: Forget about Fahgeddaboutit!
Word: Voted Off the Island
Show: Survivor Series
Comment: Voted off the TeleWord List
Word: "Â so" as an intensive
Comment: As in "...so yesterday" or "...so not fair"
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