By Special Correspondent SNOWBIRD
The NY Times jumped on the "list" bandwagon and sent the Snowbird deep into the Internet for a couple of hours last night. One of the gems uncovered was a site called "The Global Language Monitor" that is filled with things like the Top Ten Words for 2005 -- "refugee" was #1. My fave is the Top Ten Global YouthSpeak Words:
1. Crunk: A Southern variation of hip hop music; also meaning fun or amped.
2. Mang: Variation of man, as in "S'up, mang?"
3. A'ight: All Right, "That girl is nice, she's a'ight"
4. Mad: A lot; "She has mad money"
5. Props: Cheers, as in "He gets mad props!"
6. Bizznizzle: This term for" business" is part of the Snoop Dogg/Sean John-inspired lexicon, as in "None of your bizznizzle!'
7. Fully: In Australia an intensive. as in 'fully sick.'
8. Fundoo: In India, Hindi for cool
9. Brill! From the UK, the shortened form of brilliant!
10. "s'up": Another in an apparently endless number of Whazzup? permutations.
Last year the Top YouthSpeak terms were: Word, Peace (or Peace out), and Proper.