Top 10 words of 2012 and word of the year
- Copernicium: A short-lived artificially produced radioactive element that has 112 protons.
- Aha moment: A moment of sudden realization, inspiration, insight, recognition or comprehension. An instant at which the solution to a problem becomes clear.
- Bucket list: A list of things that one has not done before but wants to do before dying.
- Cloud computing: The practice of storing regularly used computer data on multiple servers that can be accessed through the internet.
- Earworm: A song or melody that keeps repeating in one’s mind. Other phrases used to describe include musical imagery repetition.
- Game changer: A newly introduced elementor or factor that changes an existing situation or activity in a significant way.
- Man cave: A room or space designed according to the taste of the man of the house to be used for hobbies and leisure.
- Mash-up: A piece of music created by digitally overlaying an instrumental track with a vocal track from a different recording.
- Systemic risk: The risk that the failure of one financial institution could cause other interconnected institutions to fail.
- Underwater: Lying, growing, worn, performed or operated below surface of water.
Word of the year for 2012 – “Omnishambles” was named word of the year by the Oxford English Dictionary.
The word – meaning a situation which is shambolic from every possible angle – was coined in 2009 by the writers of BBC political satire The Thick of It. But it has crossed over into real life this year, said the judges. Other words included “Eurogeddon” – the threatened financial collapse in the eurozone – and “mummy porn” – a genre inspired by the 50 Shades books.