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This Year’s Top 10 Television Buzzwords

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | September 26, 2012 | Comments ()


I don't really understand the methodology behind this, but a media analytics company, The Global Language Monitor, has ranked the top ten television buzzwords of the year based on their usage in social media, the news media, and the rest of the Internet.

10. C.K. (as in, Louie C.K.)


9. Jubilee (as in, the 50th Anniversary of an event, as in how many years Queen Elizabeth has been on the throne)


8. Fourth screen (as in, iPads and other tablets)


7. Kate (as in, Middleton)


6. Scripted (as opposed to reality television shows)


5. La Toti (Sofia Vergara's nickname. Really? I had no idea. I don't know what that means in Spanish, but my guess is that this GIF captures the essence)


4. Dothraki (a made-up language from "Game of Thrones"


3. Bipolar (as in, the condition of Clare Danes' character in Homeland


2. Shell shock (thanks to "Downton Abbey")


1. Adorkable (see: "New Girl")


(Source: Time)

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • Jennface

    Now Zoey is adorkable? I thought she was quirky or was that just last year's word for "I just want to punch her in the face.".

  • Amanda

    Redneck-ognize? No? Too soon?

  • Amanda

    I think Jubilee was just the anniversary part of it; the fact that it was her Diamond Jubilee means she's spent 60 years as Queen...

  • Yocean

    That Clare Danes picture made me want to finally check out Homeland...or does it?

  • 'Harmon'?

  • Jezzer

    The mere concept of "buzzwords" makes me stabby.

  • Mr_Zito

    I love to see the cult rockstar status that Louis CK has reached. The guy is awesome, is doing his best work and deserves to be recognized. It's one the few things that gives us hope, make us believe that merit is awarded. The guy has even won two Emmys, in a ceremony that honors Jon Cryer's acting! At least Louis CK is breaking this barrier and being recognized even by the morons, without having to sell out.

  • Blake


  • kirbyjay

    Until the demise of Dan Harmon, the "showrunner" for Community, I actually thought a showrunner was a gopher. Instead of showrunner, I run the show, I thought it was showrunner, I run and get things for the show. Wouldn't the creator, writer, producer, director deserve a more powerful name like showgod, or something?

  • Beaten to the punch, I was.

  • Blake

    God damn Disqus! !@$#, sorry for the double post.

  • Blake

    See: The Dan Harmon and Frank Darabont (Fired Show Runners). Creator or Executive producer were more common used before. Or see: Alan Ball, Ryan Murphy, or Emily Kapnek.

  • Blake

    *See: Dan Harmon and Frank Darabont (Fired Showrunners). Creator or Executive producer were more common used before. Or Alan Ball, Ryan Murphy, or Emily Kapnek.

  • lowercase_ryan

    This list is insane bullshit. As someone who spends an unfair amount of time on the internet, this is just a lame attempt to generate traffic and/or show some blue hair would-be client that your agency has it's thumb on the imagined pulse of the internet.

  • L.O.V.E.

    I'm just happy not to see "Boo Boo" or "Teen Mom" on the list.

    Though, it could use more "moist".

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    Everything needs more "moist".

  • I hate to be a dick, but it was the Queen's 60th, not 50th, year on the throne.

  • Artemis

    Yup. And "jubilee" just means a special anniversary, of which the Queen has actually had three: a silver jubilee (25 years), a golden jubilee (50 years), and now a diamond jubilee (60 years).

  • ,

    I would have thought No. 1 would be "event."

    Everything has to be an event now, even stuff that already has a perfectly useful name, such as "premiere" or "sale." So now we have "premiere events" and "sales events."

    My TV stays off more and more.

  • Wicked

    I don't want to sound dirty, but La Toti or the word Toti here in PR is usually referring to the labia of a woman's nether region.

  • Uriah_Creep

    According to Wikipedia, the "La Toti" nickname was given to Vergara by her five brothers and sisters and many cousins, so I'm going to go out on a limb and guess it doesn't mean "labia" in this cae.

  • $27019454

    As opposed to the labia of some other region, or a man's nether region?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    labia is Latin for "lips"

  • $27019454

    Yes. So I was wondering why one would have to use the modifying phrase. It would not be a man's labia, nor would it be the labia of some other region, such as the knees, nor the face, as then it would be referred to as "lips," not the latin "labia."

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I think "labia" should be a buzzword.

  • Wicked

    LOL what is the point of this, just wanted to write it that way, didn't know it would cause such a fuss.

  • TheAggroCraig

    So her nickname is "The Labia"? Sounds like a terrible (or amazing?) superhero.

  • lowercase_ryan

    why would you not want to sound dirty? when in Rome...

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    Bang Lucy Lawless?

  • lowercase_ryan

    eeew no, she's all crazy eyes and shit.

  • Quatermain

    Even still, I'd bang her like a screen door in a hurricane.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Pretty sure Xena bangs you.

  • Quatermain

    Hey, if she wants to be on top and do all the work, more power to her, that's not really a deal-breaker.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    Crotchpunch - what admin does to a person ever time they use the word Adorkable. *crotchpunches himself*


  • Jannymac

    Awww, I think the word adorkable is well...adorkable and fits so many people so well (Tom Hiddleston being spectacularly goofy springs to mind). But I wouldn't deny anyone the need for self injury so crotchpunch away...

  • Tinkerville

    Just typing the word adorkable makes me want to drive off a cliff. It's like nails on a chalkboard..

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin


  • tamatha_uhmelmahaye

    Yeah, I was pretty sure we all agreed that word was verboten.

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