San Diego, California. (PRWEB) September 17, 2005
ÂRefugeeÂ from the on-going coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina tops ÂDesperationÂ from Desperate Housewives and ÂCamp CupcakeÂ from the on-going Martha Stewart follies as the Top Television Buzzword (TeleWORD) for the 2004-Â05 season, according to the Global Language Monitor (http://www.LanguageMonitor.com), the media tracking and analysis company. Close behind were ÂReality TVÂ from The Real World, etc., and ÂCurmudgeonÂ from House. Rounding out the Top Ten were ÂItÂs what we doÂ from Stargate SG-1, Flip Flop from the 2004 U.S. Presidential Elections, ÂBackstoryÂ from Lost, ÂTsunamiÂ from the South Asian earthquake, and ÂmobisodesÂ or one minute episodes for mobile devices.
ÂWords no longer HipÂ include ÂYouÂre firedÂ from The Apprentice and ÂMess O PotamiaÂ from The Daily Show. ÂWords With LegsÂ include ÂYadda, yadda, yadda!Â from Seinfeld.
Worldwide, the Largest Global Phenomenon from a Single Word is ÂIdol/Idool/IdoloÂ with than two dozen American Idol-type shows spanning the globe from South Africa to India; the Top Word From Down Under is ÂFree to Air TV;Â the Top TV Name in China is ÂMickey Mouse;Â and the Coolest ÂunCoolÂ Series is New ZealandÂs ÂFair GoÂ.
ÂThis yearÂs list was dominated by reality far outstripping reality programming bringing a world of woes into the global living room," said Paul JJ Payack, president of The Global Language Monitor. ÂWhile ÂdesperationÂ from Desperate Housewives began the television year in good fun, as the season progressed the world witnessed an on-going war, a tsunami, the death of a beloved Pope, and finally unanswered death and despair on the American Gulf Coast. Finally, the meaning of the word ÂrefugeeÂ has actually been altered by real-world horrors witnessed by hundreds of millions on live TV."
The TeleWORDS List reflects those words and phrases that came to prominence during the 2004-Â05 television season or have had the greatest influence on the English Language. Words are nominated by a global panel of language experts and then analyzed by GLMÂs proprietary algorithm, the Predictive Quantities Indicator (PQI).
The Television Buzzword List (TeleWORDS) for the 2004-Â05 Season is released in conjunction with the 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, to be televised live on CBS on Sunday, September 18th from the Leonard H. Goldstein Theatre in North Hollywood. The complete list, with commentary, follows.
The Top TeleWORDS of the 2004-05 Television Season
TeleWORDS / Show / Comment
Show: Ongoing coverage of the aftermath of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina.
Comment: For millions, the word has now taken on a racial undertone and was subsequently replaced by ÂevacueeÂ and others.
Runners-up: Evacuee, displaced persons, Katrinees?
Show: ÂDesperate HousewivesÂ/The Tsunami/Hurricane Katrina
Comment: Desperate HousewivesÂ began the television year in good fun, but as the year progressed the world witnessed an on-going war, a tsunami, the death of a beloved Pope, and finally unanswered death and despair on the American Gulf Coast.
3. Camp Cupcake
Show: The On-going Martha Stewart follies
Comment: The minimum security WV facility where Martha did her time.
Runner-Up: Ankle Bracelet
4. Reality TV
Show: ÂThe Real WorldÂ, ÂThe BachelorÂ, ÂSurvivor ClassicÂ, ÂThe Simple LifeÂ, etc.
Comment: Real-world reality bested the manufactured kind by a long shot this television season.
Comment: Acerbic, caustic, antisocial, & mean-spirited; those are socially redeeming qualities of this brilliant physician.
6. ÂItÂs what we do.Â
Show: Stargate SG-1
Comment: Stargate becomes the longest running Sci-Fi Series in the history of the medium.
7. Flip Flop
Show: The 2004 U.S. Presidential Elections
Comment: Formerly referred to gymnastic routines, pancakes, and dolphin acts; now transcends politics moving into pop culture.
Comment: ÂLostÂ takes Âthe story behind the storyÂ concept to the next level.
Show: The News
Comment: Before ÂThe TsunamiÂ took a quarter of a million South Asian lives, most of the viewing audience had only a vague acquaintance with the word.
10. Mobisodes (Not another season of the Sopranos, but one-minute TV episodes designed specifically for mobile media.)
Show: Every 'hip' show worldwide.
Comment: Coming soon to a cell phone near you.
Words No Longer Hip
Â· Word: ÂYouÂre FiredÂ
Show: The Apprentice
Comment: Top of last yearÂs TeleWORDS List, plunges in a precipitous decline.
Â· Word: "Mess O Potamia"
Show: ÂThe Daily ShowÂ
Comment: Jon Stewart's quip cuts a bit too close to reality these days.
Words With Legs Â
Â· Words: ÂYadda, yadda, yadda!Â
Comment: During the summer, its repeats were besting Prime Time Network Comedies.
Largest Global Phenomenon of a Single Word: ÂIdol/Idool/IdoloÂ
Comment: American Idol writ large. Now more than two dozen Idol-type shows from South Africa to India.
Top Word From Down Under: Free to Air TV
Comment: For the first time, 2005 saw the cable industryÂs share of the TV market in the US, exceeded that of Network Television.
Top TV Name in China: Mickey Mouse
Comment: Opening of the new Hong Kong Theme Park during Golden Week impacts the airwaves.
Coolest ÂunCoolÂ Series: New ZealandÂs Fair Go
Comment: The show defends consumers against injustice, even battling (and winning) for a one-cent discrepancy.
About the Global Language Monitor
California-based Global Language Monitor analyzes and catalogues the latest trends in word usage and word choices, and their impact on the various aspects of culture. A worldwide assemblage of linguists, professional wordsmiths and bibliophiles, supports the GLM to help monitor the latest trends in the evolution (and demise) of language, word usage and word choices. For more information, call 1.925.367.7557 or go to http://www.LanguageMonitor.com.
Contact: Paul JJ Payack
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