The Most Popular Words in 2013 Are “404” and “Fail” Because We’re A Bunch of Sophomoric Brogrammers

Thankfully "circle back" didn't make the list.

Fail, tbh. (Photo: Tumblr)

Fail, tbh. (Photo: Tumblr)

Talk about one big fail for Miley, but the word “twerking” isn’t the top word of 2013. According to Global Language Monitor, it’s actually the phrase “404” (the “numeric code” of indicating a busted website), followed by the words “fail” and the word “hashtag” sliding into second and third, respectively. 

The tech-themed word soup was arrived at by trawling social media, blogs and and other parts of the English-speaking Internet to prove that we can’t shut up about the Internet. Other notable words include number four, which is the Pope’s (not Olivia?) handle @pontifex. Spooky sounding words “surveillance,” “drones,” “deficit” and “sequestration” round out the list.

Global Language Monitor’s Chief Word Analyst Paul JJ Payack credited pessimistically themed ranks toward our negative outlook on life as we watch the world crumble around us:

“The recent ObamaCare launch debacle in the US is only a representative example of a much wider system fail, from the political deadlock in the US government, to the decline of the dollar, to the global web of intrigue and surveillance by the NSA, to the uncertainty regarding the European Union, and the ongoing integration of China and other rising powers, such as India and Brazil, into the global economic system.”

Fortunately for Miley, the word “twerking” narrowly nudged out the phrase “the cloud” to unlucky 13th place.

The Most Popular Words in 2013 Are “404” and “Fail” Because We’re A Bunch of Sophomoric Brogrammers