Global Language Monitor found that “Twitter” is the most popular English word of 2009. It even beats “Obama” (which still made it “top name of 2009”) and “H1N1”. The ranking allows some insight in issues that move societies at large (rather perhaps what their actual relevance may be for parts thereof) at a certain point or over a particular limited period.

Global Language Monitor also records top phrases (King of pop) and top names (Barack Obama) of the year.

The last years saw “Sustainable” (2006), “Change” (2008) and “Refugee” (2005) on top of the list.