‘Google’ crowned Word of the Decade

14 Jan 2010

Google – as in the verb, not the company – has been deemed Word of the Decade by American speech scholars.

The word Google, used as a verb signifying “to search the internet”, emerged as the winner because nearly everyone across the globe uses the term today, the American Dialect Society said.

“Blog,” “text”, “9/11”, “Wi-Fi”, “Facebook” and “war on terror” were among the finalists for this year’s Word of the Decade.

The words, chosen at the society’s 20th annual session in Baltimore earlier this month, have to be “newly prominent or notable in the past year”.