Twitter is most used word 2009

That's right, not Jedward, SuBo, Michael Jackson or the credit crunch; micro timewasting is top of the word pops. Linguistics trend watchers The Global Language Monitor counted how many times words appeared in the press or the internet in the last year. The study tracked buzz words 'in relation to frequency, contextual usage and appearance in global media outlets.'

Barack Obama came in second place, followed by 'H1N1', stimulus and vampire - the latter thanks to tweenage lust-fest, 'Twilight.'

Given that many news outlets have relied on Twitter for news (remember the Iran elections?), or the public to mobilise protest (Jan Muir) this isn't that surprising. Stephen Fry's well publicised Twitter strops have been great for profile too. What is surprising is that Facebook doesn't feature. Have the digirati moved on? Gasp.

"Twitter represents a new form of social interaction, where all communication is reduced to 140 characters,” said GLM president Paul JJ Payack, "Being limited to strict formats did wonders for the sonnet and haiku. One wonders where this highly impractical word-limit will lead as the future unfolds.”

Twitter sonnets? *Clears throat* 'Bored at work. Making tea is only pleasure. Still, the cupboard is full of Hobs nobs and Twitter still not banned.'

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