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Top words of 2012: 'Broga,' 'Fiscal Cliff'

Dec. 26, 2012 at 10:43 AM   |   Comments

LONDON, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- London-based CollinsDictionary.com has released its top words of 2012, including "Superstorm," "Gangnam Style" and "Fiscal Cliff."

The website picked one top word for each month of the year, starting with "broga," a combination of bro and yoga used to describe yoga geared toward men.

February's word was "legbomb," a word invented online to describe a photo of Angelina Jolie posing with her leg jutting out of her high-slit dress at the Academy Awards.

"Eurogeddon," describing the economic situation in countries using the Euro, was March's word, while April had "Mummy Porn," a phrase invented to describe erotic literature such as the "50 Shades of Grey" book series.

May saw the advent of the term "Zuckered," named for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg when the website's shares plummeted following its initial public offering, and June was marked by "Jubilympics," a term for British excitement surrounding both the Olympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

The rest of the words of the year were "Romneyshambles," a British term for former presidential candidate Mitt Romney's gaffes while visiting London; "Games Makers," a term for London's team of Olympic volunteers; "47 Percent," referring to Romney's comments about how 47 percent of U.S. voters would back President Barack Obama because they are dependent on the government; "Superstorm," the distinction given to Hurricane Sandy; "Gangnam Style," a song by South Korean musician Psy that has become YouTube's most viewed video of all time; and "Fiscal Cliff," a decrease in government spending and an increase in taxes that some fear could put the U.S. economy back into recession.

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