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'Gangnam style' and 'mummy porn' included in 2012 words of the year list

24th December 2012

'Mummy porn', 'Gangnam style' and 'Romneyshambles' have been named among the words of 2012 by Collins' online dictionary.

The final list, including words submitted by the general public, reflects the top news stories and trends of the year, with events such as the Olympics, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the US election all represented.

Collins' choices range from January's 'broga' – a new form of yoga for men, to December's 'fiscal cliff' – the sharp decrease in government spending and increase in taxes that could throw the US economy back into recession in the new year.

The UK's unprecedented summer of events is celebrated with two words on the 2012 list: 'Jubilympics' recalls the month of June, in which Britons were preparing to host the London Olympics and celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, while 'Games makers', London's fleet of Olympics volunteers, make it on to the list for August.

US showbiz, politics and events also shaped a number of the dictionary's chosen words.

In February, actress Angelina Jolie attended the Oscars and posed with her right leg jutting out of her high-slit dress, prompting the word 'legbomb'.

Facebook launched its initial public offering in May, with the social network's share plummeting almost immediately after hitting the market. This failure led to the word 'zuckered', named after Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

In July, then US presidential candidate Mitt Romney travelled to London and made a number of notorious gaffes, leading to a new word, 'Romneyshambles'.

There were further 'Romneyshamnbles' in September when the Republican was secretly taped at a private fundraiser saying that 47 per cent of Americans would vote for Obama no matter what, because they are dependent on the government. The video and phrase spread virally and '47 per cent' became a key phrase of the election.

In October Hurricane Sandy hit the US east coast, sparking the word 'superstorm'.

April's choice of 'mummy porn' is cited as the new name for erotic fiction following the success of E. L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey books.

South Korean musician Psy's phenomenally popular song Gangnam Style was chosen as the word for November, the month in which it became the most-viewed video on YouTube with close to a billion views.

The publisher said not all of the 12 words of the year will be accepted for the Collins print dictionary.

Ian Brookes, consulting editor at Collins, said: 'Since we launched the submission feature on CollinsDictionary.com, we have been astounded by how quickly new language trends are formed.

'Choosing just one word for 2012 didn't match the pace at which our language is changing, so we selected one popular word to represent each month from the whole range of those submitted.'

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