Here, in ascending order, are the ten most popular* tweets about language and translation that I shared during 2022 on my @Smart_Translate Twitter account:
- US-to-UK Word Pronunciation of the Year for 2021: “Doon” for “Dune”
- 50 very bad book covers for literary classics
- The 2021 stronglang award to recognize annual achievements in swearing
- Choose your font carefully
- My photo of the “southern hemisphere” contingent getting together for dinner before the ITI conference in Brighton (incidentally another tweet about my ITI stick of rock also proved very popular!)
- My tweet referencing a US vs UK Difference of the Day tweet by Lynne Murphy about “half-staff” vs “half-mast”
- A humorous comic panel by ItchyFeet: things Americans don’t realise are American before going to Europe
- The five best books on slang (as recommended by MisterSlang)
- this was actually more or less equalled by a a whole series of tweets on the 5 best books on language, swearing, US vs UK English, the history & diversity of language, grammar & punctuation, and language & the mind, but for the sake of variety I’ll consider them all in 2nd place
- And the winner is … 14 words that get to the heart of today’s work culture: an article from Dictionarycom
It’s interesting to note that with the exception of the winning tweet (which was about 5 times more popular than the second-placed tweet), most of these tweets were either humorous, covered UK and US English and the differences between them, or talked about slang and swearing.
* ‘most popular’ = top tweets (most engagement & impressions) according to Twitter Analytics.
For more about words and language in 2022 you might be interested in Google’s Year in Search: the top trending searches of the year, and “Extremely hardcore discourse: the words of the year that slipped under the radar” by The Guardian.