What would you say was the word of 2010? Refudiate? Gleek? Obamacare? (All accompanied in our Word document with squiggly red lines.) According to the American Dialect Society, a group “dedicated to the study of the English language in North America, and of other languages, influencing it or influenced by it,” the word of 2010 is app.
That’s right: app. Short for application an app is a computer program. Unlike the former words, app is not new. That definition is old as the computer itself. Thanks to Apple’s App Store success, however, app has come to mean something a little different. An app, for most people who use “apps,” is a program downloaded and installed on a smart phone.
App implies simplicity. Applications are printed onto discs and floppies and require long installations. Apps are smooth and fast and cheap – maybe free.
What do you think of the word app? What does it mean to you? Is it worthy of word of the year?
Visit the ADS website to learn about other word winners for 2010.