2010 Buzzwords

Everyone loves Buzzword Bingo!

Here are the top words of 2010 we’d like to use more in 2011


  1. Carrotmob – An event where people support an environmentally-friendly store by gathering en masse to purchase the store’s products.
  2. Gameification – The idea of turning an otherwise mundane process into a game, to give people more of an incentive to do it
  3. Geolocation Technological process of determining the real geographical location of an Internet user
  4. Hyperlocal – Using Web 2.0 to focus on a small area
  5. Livestreaming – Streaming media are multimedia that are constantly received by, and normally presented to, an end-user while being delivered by a streaming provider

More faves: Beautiful Font – Clickvitism – Digital Echo Chamber – HashtagInformation DumpLongtail – Transliteracy – Wi-Fi


  1. Acompanamiento – The action of accompanying someone (Spanish)
  2. Eyjafjallajökull  (AYE-yah Fyat-lah Yir-kutl) – Volcano in Iceland
  3. Guelaguetza – Reciprocal gifts, also the corn tortilla from the Zapotec farm (Oaxaca, Mexico)
  4. Manaakitanga – Respect for hosts and kindness to guests (Maori)
  5. Vuvuzela – Stadium horn (South Africa)


  1. Empathy – Being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another
  2. Hype – Promotion or advertisement; especially, exaggerated claims.
  3. One Room Schoolhouse – In most rural and small town schools, all of the students met in a single room. There, a single teacher taught academic basics to several grade levels of elementary-age children
  4. Playbook Instruction book, a book of plays put together by a coaching staff
  5. Resilience – positive capacity of people to cope with stress and catastrophe.


  1. Biophany – Aural niches that different species have assumed in order to be heard in the overall soundscape of a given ecosystem
  2. Nonsultation – A specious public consultation on decisions that have already been made.
  3. Solastalgia – Distress or melancholy caused by a significant change to one’s local environment.
  4. Unconference – Facilitated, participant-driven conference centered on a particular theme
  5. Mirror neuron – A neuron that fires both when an animal (including humans) acts and when the animal observes the same action performed by another.

More Faves: Backcasting – Exoplanet – Globish – Local Travel Movement – Nature Deficit Disorder – Platinum Rule


  1. Buzzword Bingo – Game where participants fill out bingo cards with buzzwords and tick them off when they are mentioned during an event.
  2. Conscientious Tourism – Traveling with one’s conscience and connecting with others in a particular place.
  3. Foamboard – Inexpensive and portable information sign
  4. Lingo Sticks – Popsicle sticks used to demonstrate how a wiki works without electricity
  5. Photosafari – Free, public event in which people are invited to take photos in a public space and share them online in a collaborative group

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2 Responses to 2010 Buzzwords

  1. Gerhard Buttner says:

    This is a great list of terms and buzzwords – some of these that particularly caught my attention in recent months:
    Acompañamiento, Backcasting, Unconference, Nonsultation

    Any nice buzzwords to capture the idea of growth of cycling in cities (now also increasingly reaching Latin America cities)? City Cycling? Urban Cycling? any better suggestions?

  2. ronmader says:

    Many thanks, Gerhard. The world is replete with an expanding vocabulary if we choose to pay attention. As to cycling culture, I’m pleased that the Macquarie Dictionary Word of the Year 2010 competition includes one of my long time faves: cargo bike! See http://www.macquariedictionary.com.au

    For news and videos about cycling, take a gander at Planeta’s Cycling Wiki http://planeta.wikispaces.com/cycling

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