Almost 1,500 years after it was first recorded, the English language has its one millionth word.
The buzzword that heralded the new age of social networking on the internet, Web 2.0, has been crowned the one millionth English word by a US-based language monitoring group.
Web 2.0, which refers to a new generation of user-content driven websites, was named as the 1,000,000th English word. To be accepted a word must be used at least 25,000 times across national boundaries and outside specialisms.
The Texas-based Global Language Monitor (GLM) acknowledges new words once they have been used 25,000 times on media and social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. It predicts that a new English-language word is created every 98 minutes.
The Unicorn Training group use the Web 2.0 approach when delivering training through our collaborative learning management systems.