The American Dialect Society has announced that their 20th annual “Word of the Year” is “tweet”.
The “Word of the Decade” is “google”.
“Google” naturally is trademarked but with the capitalisation and Google Inc have previously gone to great lengths – with varying degrees of success – to prevent their valuable name going the same way as xerox, kleenex, escalator and tannoy to name but a few genericized trademarks.
I wouldn’t hold out much hope of Twitter successfully registering that trademark, but stranger things have happened.
[Update: Word of the Year for 2010 is “app”, as in “There’s an app for that”, or “app store”]