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App is the word, say US linguists

Published 08/01/2011 | 02:46

The American Dialect Society has chosen 'app' as its 2010 Word Of The Year
The American Dialect Society has chosen 'app' as its 2010 Word Of The Year

The American Dialect Society has chosen "app" as its 2010 Word Of The Year.

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The shortened slang term for a computer or smartphone application was picked by linguists as the word that best sums up the country's preoccupation last year.

"Nom" - a chat, tweet and text-friendly syllable that connotes "yummy food" - was the runner-up. It derives from the Cookie Monster character on Sesame Street or, more accurately, the sound he makes as he devours cookies, "Nom, nom, nom, nom".

The vote came at a Pittsburgh hotel ballroom during the national conference of the Linguistic Society of America, an umbrella group that includes the Dialect Society.

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