2009 Word of the Year is “tweet”; Word of the Decade is “google”
In its 20th annual words of the year vote, the American Dialect Society voted “tweet” (noun, a short message sent via the Twitter.com service, and verb, the act of sending such a message) as the word of the year
and “ google” (a generic form of “Google,” meaning “to search the Internet) as its word of the decade.
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