In a study that I think embodies the decline of Western civilization, a computer program has named Twitter the most-used word of 2009. The most-used word. No data yet, on how factually accurate this is, and whether or not it’s the first step of the computers taking everything over before they kill us.
A Texas-based language company, called Global Language Monitor, has a fancy algorithm program that they like to run to figure out the most used word of the year. Last year, I’m sure it was OBAMA, but this year, it was Twitter. Why? Between celebrities twitting every bit of their titty, Twitter helping out the dissenters in the Iranian elections, and my friends updating me on their cats, Twitter was everywhere. Second place was a set of steak knives, and it went to Barack Obama, third place was you get fired, and that went to the swine flu.
No word on whether the program took into account conversations that included snippets like, “You know what the dumbest idea is for a website, yet everybody uses it? Twitter,” or, “If I hear one more person say Twitter, I’m unfortunately going to have to blow up my workplace,” or, “Twitter is the dumbest word alive.”
Congratulations to Twitter.