2009 has been a year that has seen a lot of hate, fuelled by anger towards banks that have taken taxpayer's bailouts and then paid big bonuses. It's also a year that has seen a lot of sharing, thanks to the success of Twitter and social networks like Facebook.
So it's no wonder that the top ten new words for 2009, according to my own recollection of the year, are:
A City acronym for “Bonuses Are Back”.
The threatened exodus of financiers scared of higher taxes on their multimillion pound bonuses.
To drop someone from your social network.
The new twitter phenomena to categorise stuff.
Sure it was around in 2008 but, in 2009, tweets became part of our lingo
#5 The Funemployed
Those out-of-work and enjoying it.
The idea we were going to have a glorious summer so we vacationed at home.
#3 Vampire Squid
The new nickname for Goldman Sachs.
A combination of banker and gangster.