'Yoga' one of the most popular words in Britain: Study

Updated On : 13 Apr , 2017 , 04:21 PM
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According to a new scientific study the word 'Yoga' is among the top 15 popular words in the British society along with words like 'Facebook', 'Twitter' and others.

The same group of scientists have also found that internet has had a excessive influence on modern English language.

The need to communicate with a wider-world coupled with a move away from the cosy, close-knit communities of the 90s has dramatically changed the way British people speak over the last two decades, researchers said.

The internet age has had a massive influence on the words we use, researchers said. 

While in the 1990s we were captivated by 'cassettes', today email, Internet, Facebook, Google, YouTube, website, Twitter, texted, iphone and ipad all top the bill. 

'Twenty-four' reflects the open-all-hours community in which we now live - far away from a world where the 'cobbler' and 'playschool' were high in our vocabulary. 

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Words like 'permed', 'comb' and 'tar rah' have fallen out of popularity, according to the study. 

'Awesome', which replaced 'marvellous' in an earlier study, is still popular and now joins 'massively' in the top 15. 

The word 'croquet' has taken a hit along with expressions such as 'mucking', 'whatsername', 'golly' and 'matey'. 'Boxer', 'crossword' and 'draught' were all in the 1990s' top 15. 

An earlier study by the team compared existing data from the 1990s to two million words of then newly collected data from the year 2012. 

The researchers have now collected more data and compared the same 1990s collection to a bigger collection comprising five million words spanning 2012-2015. 

At the end of this year they will publicly release 11 million words spanning 2012-2016. 

Researcher and language expert Robbie Love, from at Lancaster University in the UK, has compiled the top 15 most popular words from the 1990s which have since declined the most drastically and the top 15 words - not around in the in the 1990s - which are hugely popular at present. 

"These findings suggest the things that are most important to British society are indeed reflected in the amount we talk about them," said Love.

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"New technologies like have really captured our attention, to the extent that, if we're not using it, we're probably talking about it," he said. 

"The new data has shed light on some older words which, similar to "marvellous" and "marmalade" in the previous study, appear to have fallen out of fashion in the intervening years," he added. 

"The study provides a sense of the way society has expanded since the early 1990s and the end of the offline era. Our priorities are moving away from what is happening on our doorsteps," Love said.

First Published : Thursday, April 13, 2017 03:50 PM
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