By Seb Kemp
The word of the year is: Hashtag bit.ly/Z7pTuk
— Press Pass (@PressPassMe) January 7, 2013
Last week the American Dialect Society's New Words Committee sat down to review the most important words of the year. The runoff included a lot of politically-charged words that have sprung up, or flourished, in 2013, partly due to it being an election year. In the end, and for the third time in four years, the winner came from the tech world: hashtag.
Hashtags, hashtagging and hashdouchebaggery became incredibly popular in 2013 as it spread from its social-media breeding grounds and seeped into popular consciousness, often being used as a form of oral expression.
The runners up were:
…Y.O.L.O, an acronym for "You Only Live Once"…
… Mitt Romney's infamous gaffe "47 percent" – referring to the vast swath of the electorate who Romney felt he had no chance of attracting, because they pay no federal income tax.
…Gangnam style. No one should be encouraged to watch this "music video", so instead here's a broadcast by the Conservative New Media, who discuss the relevance and power of the Gangnam style.
The best video on the web this week might just be this one
I just liked “Erik Elstran in Team Dilly is the Man” on Vimeo: vimeo.com/56779850
— MTBcut (@MTBcut) January 5, 2013
And to finish, here's the worst video on the web this week. I love (almost) everything Vice.com does, but taking the DOs & DON'Ts to video is not one of them.
— VICE Canada (@vicecanada) January 7, 2013