It’s time to take a look back and see which words and phrases captured the zeitgeist of 2010.

Many language groups have nominated their words of the year. Will any of them survive past January?

UWA linguist Daniel Midgley names his picks on this week’s Talk the Talk.

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Show notes

Oxford University Press: ‘big society’

Oxford American Dictionary: ‘refudiate’

Palin compared herself to Shakespeare:

but didn’t invent the word.

Why not check out the Urban Dictionary’s list? It’s where I found ‘hit the slide’.

And here’s the Macquarie Dictionary site, where you’ll be able to vote for your favourite word for 2010.