‘ObamaVision’ Deemed Top TV Word of 2009

By Andrew Gauthier 


“ObamaVision” — the term coined by the media to sum up President Barack Obama‘s pledge to bring hope and change to America — was on Wednesday deemed the most influential English word from television in 2009.

“ObamaVision” was first heard during last year’s U.S. presidential election campaign. It topped “financial meltdown” in the 6th annual list of Top 10 Telewords compiled by U.S. tracking group, the Global Language Monitor.


“Michael Jackson” whose death in June triggered days of wall-to-wall news coverage, and “Susan Boyle” — the British singer who became an overnight sensation after appearing on a televised talent show — came third and fourth.

The Texas-based Global Language Monitor uses an algorithm to search printed and electronic media and the Internet for trends in word usage and their impact on culture. More…