“BP Spillcam,” a name used for the live camera feed of the blown Gulf of Mexico well gushing oil, topped the list of the most used words of the 2009-2010 TV season released yesterday (September 9th) by Texas-based Global Language Monitor. In second place was “dysfunctional,” because of the success of the comedy Modern Family, and “guido,” a largely pejorative slang word for Italian-Americans, was in third due to New Jersey-oriented reality shows, particularly MTV’s Jersey Shore. Other words on the list include “Lady Gaga,” “rude,” in reference to departing American Idol judge Simon Cowell, and “Asperger’s Syndrome,” the autism syndrome featured on the HBO film Temple Grandin. Global Language Monitor uses a math formula to track the frequency of words and phrases in print and electronic media.
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