'Sustainable' most used word, says language monitor

Published: Wednesday 31 January 2007

-- The Global Language Monitor has named "sustainable" the top word of 2006, and "stay the course," the top phrase. The San Diego, usa, based organisation's annual list also cited "Darfur", the war-torn region of Sudan, as the top name of the year.

The monitor said "sustainable" was used frequently over the course of the year to describe "populations, marriages, agriculture and economies".

Other words making the list were Netroots--activists who have transformed the practice of fundraising and getting out the vote through cyberspace--Londonistan--the nickname for London as its Asian population swells and "planemo", referring to objects in space that fall short of the planet distinction. "Stay the course", a phrase commonly used by politicians to describe the strategy of keeping tactics in Iraq, the same as they have been, was named the top catchphrase of the year.

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