Something else covered extensively on television — World Cup soccer — popularized the No. 2 word of the year: vuvuzela. (Who could forget those droning horns during the tournament in South Africa?)
Blame Jersey Shore for No. 5: guido and guidette. Capish?
Nos. 3 and 4 are the terms "narrative" — which has become a common term in political discourse — and "refudiate," the conflation of refute and repudiate unofficially coined by Sarah Palin.
Rounding out the top 10: deficit, snowmageddon, 3-D, shellacking and simplexity.
Paul Payack, president of the Global Language Monitor, noted: "Our top words this year come from an environmental disaster, the World Cup, political malapropisms ... This is fitting for a relentlessly growing global language that is being taken up by thousands of new speakers each and every day."
The words were picked from throughout the English-speaking world, which totals more than 1.58 billion people.
The Austin, Texas-based organization — which documents, analyzes and tracks language trends around the world — also named the top words of the decade, with global warming topping the list. Then came 9/11, Obama, bailout, evacuee, derivative, Google, surge, Chinglish and tsunami.