'Surge,' 'That's Hot,' 'D'oh!' and 'Blackout': Top Television Buzzwords Impacting English Language

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In '06, 'Truthiness' and 'Wikiality' were named Top Television Buzzwords followed by 'Katrina’, ‘Katie,' and ‘Dr. McDreamy.’

I like to have the answers before I ask the questions

The Global Language Monitor (http://www.LanguageMonitor.com) named “Surge” from the Iraq War political and military strategy, “That’s Hot®” Paris Hilton’s popular expression that is now a registered trademark, and “D’oh!” from The Simpsons and The Simpsons Movie as the top television buzzwords impacting Global English for the 2007 Season. Closely following are “Blackout,” from the Sopranos’ series finale; “YaTTA!” from Heroes and “McEmmys” from Grey’s Anatomy. Rounding out the Top Ten are “I like to have the answers before I ask the questions” from The Closer, “No miniskirts after 35!” from What Not to Wear, “Scranton” from The Office, “Oy vey!” from Criminal Minds, and “Peek, Copy and Save” from Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?

"This year’s annual list captures the spirit of the times, for better or for worse. Themes, stars and shows may change at an every quickening pace, but this only reflects the world in which we live, more than we’d ever like to admit”, said Paul JJ Payack, president and Chief Word Analyst of the Global Language Monitor. Payack also mentioned that the word surge is a very strong contender for overall Word of the Year to be announced by the Global Language Monitor in December.

The Television Buzzwords are nominated by GLM’s Language Police, volunteer language observers scattered the world over. The words are then run through the Predictive Quantities Indicator (PQI}, the proprietary algorithm that analyzes the global print and electronic media, the Internet, and blogosphere and then ranks the words according to year-over-year change, acceleration and directional momentum.

The Top TeleWORDS are released in conjunction with 59th Primetime Emmy Awards, broadcast on the Fox Television Network on Sunday, September 16, from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Top TellyWORDS for Impact Upon the English Language in 2007 with commentary follows.
1.    Surge (Iraq War) ­ – A military and political strategy, on the lips of every politician.
2.    “That’s Hot®!” (Paris Hilton) – Hilton owns the trademark to the phrase "That's hot," which was registered on Feb. 13th. What’s next? Britney trademarking ‘public breakdown’.
3.    D’oh (The Simpsons) – As in dough, as the Simpsons’ leap to the silver screen grosses $485 million and counting.
4.    Blackout (The Sopranos) – Blackout (The Sopranos) – The series-ending episode redefined the word ‘cliffhanger’ since there was no ‘hanging’ about the cliff in any way, shape or form, rather a sharp plunge into the abyss.
5.    YaTTA! (Heroes) – YaTTA! narrowly beats out “WTF, is going to happen now?”
6.    The McEmmys (Grey’s Anatomy Actors and Alumni) – Grey’s Anatomy cast and alumni (AKA McDreamy & Crew) have a host of prime-time nominations
7.    “ I like to have the answers before I ask questions.” (The Closer) – Kyra Sedgwick’s trademark ‘sassiness’ on display.
8.    “No miniskirts after 35.” (What Not to Wear) – … nor white shoes after Labor Day. Stacy London and Clinton Kelly dissect fashion victims (and what led them to their present dire circumstance).
9.    Scranton, or is it Wilkes-Barre? (The Office) – The extended mockumentary located in this gritty Northeast Pennsylvania city.
10.    Oy Vey! Criminal Minds – Mandy Patinkin deserts the set, yet again.

Bonus Words: Peek, Copy and Save (Are you smarter than a Fifth Grader?) – Solid advice for anyone, in most circumstances, especially after 5th grade.

Top Words for 2006, 2005 and 2004
In 2006, 'Truthiness' and 'Wikiality' were named Top Television Buzzwords followed by 'Katrina’, ‘Katie,' and ‘Dr. McDreamy’.

In 2005, 'Refugee' from the on-going coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina topped 'Desperation' from Desperate Housewives and 'Camp Cupcake' from the on-going Martha Stewart follies.

In 2004, "You're Fired!" edged "Mess O' Potamia" followed by "Girlie Men," "God," and "Wardrobe Malfunction".

About the Global Language Monitor
San Diego-based Global Language Monitor                                
Currently, GLM is counting the number of words in the Global English Codex. The Million Word March currently stands at 994,638.

A worldwide assemblage of academics, professional wordsmiths and bibliophiles supports the GLM to monitor the latest trends in the evolution 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
(925) 367-7557 Phone
pjjp @ post.harvard.edu email

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