♥ was the most popular word of 2014.
And while it’s a symbol that everyone knows means “love”, it’s kinda hard to pronounce. What if the sender actually meant “heart”, literally?
The point is, language is consistently changing, and every year new words become the new “in” thing, representing everything that the current generation holds near and dear to their hearts.
That’s what the GLOBAL LANGUAGE MONITOR keeps track of the annual word list of MOST POPULAR WORDS OF THE YEAR.
Here’s what they found for 2014.
- The Heart ♥ Emoji was the most popular word for the year
- hashtag (the word “hashtag”, not the hashtag # itself)
- blood moon
- white privilege
- “bash” tag
The most popular/common phrases of the year were:
- Hands Up, Don’t Shoot
- Cosmic Inflation
- Global Warming
- Climate Change
- War on Women
The most common names being written about this year were:
- Pop Francis
- World War 1
- Médecins Sans Frontières
Feel free to click the above link to see the full listings, definitions, and history of the Words of the Year going back to 2000.
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