From ‘Kate’ to ‘Global Warming’: Top 10 Words and Phrases of 2012

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  • 3. Middle Kingdom (China)
    A slight indication of fading out of China’s continuing economic surge from the global spotlight in 2012, puts the term Middle Kingdom, another name of China, in the top ten buzzwords list. REUTERS/Nguyen Huy Kham
  • Solar max
    The sun is entering a more active phase due to peak in 2013 on a roughly 11-year sunspot cycle, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). This would mean "Solar max" or "solar maximum," terms used for the period of greatest solar activity, will be more intense in 2012 compared to previous years. The pictures shows Coronal Mass Ejection as viewed by the Solar Dynamics Observatory on June 7, 2011. The Sun unleashed an M-2 (medium-sized) solar flare, an S1-class (minor) radiation storm and a spectacular coronal mass ejection (CME) on June 7, 2011 from sunspot complex 1226-1227. REUTERS
  • 6. The Election
    President Barack Obama would be the buzzword throughout 2012 because of the November 6 elections. REUTERS
  • 8. Rogue nukes
    With iran and North Korea aiming for becoming nuclear powers deceitfully, the phrase is sure to make a buzz around the world in 2012, depicts GLM. In picture: An Iranian Fateh (Victor) missile is launched during a test at an unknown location in central Iran Sept. 27, 2009. REUTERS
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Kate Middleton, global warming and the Olympics will be among the top usage of words in English language in 2012, according to current word trends in global English being tracked by the Global Language Monitor (GLM).

“The year 2012 looks to be a vibrant year for the English language with word creation again driven by events both scheduled and unanticipated. Typically there is an ‘end-of-the-world’ scenario every few years that impacts the English language; this year will see no fewer than three including the Maya Apocalypse and the Solar Max,” Paul JJ Payack, President and Chief Word Analyst of GLM, said in a statement on Thursday.

Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, will compete with the London Olympics, China, the so-called Maya Apocalypse and the US presidential election, though we always allow for the unexpected such as Hurricane Katrina or the Japanese ‘triple disaster’ of 2011,” he added.

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