Thursday, September 25, 2008


‘Beijing’ Is Top TV Word Of 2008

AUSTIN, Texas (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Beijing just won a gold medal in buzzwords.

The Global Language Monitor, a company that analyzes word trends and usage around the globe, has released its list of the top TV words of 2008 and “Beijing,” as in Beijing Olympics, is No. 1.

Other Telewords of the year include...

  • ObamaSpeak: Words coined to describe the Barack Obama phenomenon during the critical presidential election year, including Obamarama and ObamaNation.

  • “It is what it is,” the ubiquitous phrase heard all over the tube, from The Wire to the Roger Clemens baseball steroids hearings.

  • “Facts are stubborn things,” from the Emmy- winning John Adams biopic. It’s Adams’ quaint way of saying, “It is what it is.”

  • Phelpsian: A word coined to describe sensational swimmer Michael Phelps’ Phelpsian Pheat of winning eight gold medals in a single Olympics.

  • Lipstick, as in on a pig or otherwise, a media buzzword surrounding Republican v.p. candidate Sarah Palin.

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