Internet phenomenon Twitter has become the most popular word in the English language, according to researchers. The microblogging website – which allows its 20 million users including Stephen Fry and Demi Moore to transmit 140 character messages across the globe instantly – beat Barack Obama into second place in a survey of the most-used phrases this year.
Texas-based group Global Language Monitor studied the internet and media over the past 12 months and recorded which words turned up most often. Twitter’s surge in popularity, it has grown from 150,000 British users in 2008 to 2.6million this year, helped it to the top spot ahead of Obama and H1N1. [via DailyMail]