The Global Language Monitor Names “Artificial Intelligence” or “A.I” the Top Word or Phrase of the Year 2023 Thus Far

The Global Language Monitor Names “Artificial Intelligence” or “A.I” the Top Word or Phrase of the Year 2023 Thus Far for Global English

Words of the Pandemic No Longer Dominate

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The Top Words or Phrase of the Year 2023 Thus Far (@WOTY2023) for Global English

The Global Language Monitor Names “Artificial Intelligence” or “A.I” the Top Word or Phrase of the Year 2023 Thus Far for Global English

Words of the Pandemic No Longer Dominate

AUSTIN, TX, UNITED STATES, July 4, 2023; MetaNewswire

For Immediate Release Fourth of July Week in the U.S.\

“For the first-time this decade words of the pandemic no longer dominate the conversation in Global English,” said Paul JJ Payack, President and Chief Word Analyst of the Global Language Monitor.  “This year we observed the continued acceleration of the spread of English into every nook-and-cranny of the planet.

“We also noticed the English language ensconcing itself ever more deeply into the professional language used in academia, science, technology, politics, commerce, transportation, and entertainment.

The Top Words or Phrases of 2023 thus far are as follows:

  1. “Artificial Intelligence (or “A.I.”) — As humankind hurdles toward the so-called ”Singularity,” where computers surpass human intelligence with possible civilization-ending consequences. (A.I. is also a top contender for GLM’s “Top Technology Terms Everybody Uses but Few Truly Understand”.)
  2. “Balloon” – The Chinese spy balloon that circumnavigated top military installations over the Central U.S. before being downed off the South Carolina Coast.
  3. “Implosion,” the apparent fate of the Titan submersible on its ill-fated journey to the Titanic at 10,500 feet under the North Atlantic off Newfoundland.
  4. EMP” – Electromagnetic Pulse, according to the U.S. Government, a 1.4 Megaton bomb detonated above Kansas would destroy most of the electronics in the continental United States. (See Chinese spy balloon.)
  5. “Worldwide Migratory Crisis” – From the U.S.-Mexican border to Eastern Europe, South Asia, and North Africa,
  6. “Climate Change,” including Derecho, Smoke, Heat Dome, Rising Sea Levels, and the like.
  7. “War in Ukraine,” – Some five hundred days in, a deadly stalemate ensues.
  8. “Vladimir Putin in Turmoil” — 
  9. “Death of Queen Elizabeth,” –The U.K.’s longest-reigning monarch leaves a legacy perhaps never to be matched.
  10. “Fusion Power” – A relatively quiet press briefing in December announced a colossal moment in the history of Humankind:


Paul JJ Payack’s Note:  Though scarcely an echo in the global media at the time, this event, perhaps, presages not only the Top Word of the first six months of 2023, but also the word of the Year, Decade, Century, and, we dare say, perhaps the Third Millennium (if our species manages to survive that long).

The Background:  Scientists studying fusion energy at the National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence National Laboratory in Livermore, California blasted a small almost minute nub of diamond encased frozen hydrogen with the power of some 200 giant lasers.  In less than one hundred trillionths of a second, a massive outpouring of neutrons signified a fusion reaction had produced about 50% more energy than was used to create it.  This was the long-sought-for Ignition Event, that signified a new era in History — Humans had harnessed, to an infinitesimally small degree, the mechanism that powers the Sun, the stars, the galaxy, and the Universe, itself.

Top Words of Global English for the year 2022 by The Global Language Monitor follow.

Rank/Word or Phrase/Comments

  1. Denier — Concept encompasses ‘Hater,’ ‘Cancel Culture,’ and the ‘Deniers’ of an ever-expanding list of facts, fallacies, and beliefs.
    Covid — Covid, one of the Top Words in Global English, again
    3. Right to Life — Pro-life position (Compare No. 19)
    4. Ukraine — Top non-Pandemic word in 2022
    5. Zero — In Retail, ‘zero’ used to mean ‘nothing’, but now embodies ‘goodness,’ ‘health,’ and ‘beauty’.
    6. Price of gas/petrol — Gasoline prices up 49% year over year.
    7. Vaccine — No. 2 word of the Pandemic
    8. Variant — Variant after variant after variant
    9. Climate change — One of the top phrases of the CENTURY thus far
    10. Pandemic — Pandemics tend to last for a number of years (or decades)
    11. Supply Chain — Supply chains take decades to set up but can quickly crumble
    12. Booster Dose — Boosted, double boosted, triple boosted …
    13. Diesel — Warning: Civilization does not run on gasoline; it runs on diesel
    14. Cancel Culture — Forced to quit by intense social media pressure
    15. Inflation Definition — Too much money chasing too few goods
    16. Global Warming — Again, one of the top ten words of the century
    17. Democracy — 600% stronger than ‘Democracy at Risk’
    18. Omicron — Coronavirus Omicron variant; the first of many to come
    19. Abortion Rights — A relatively modest position on the list (No. 3, ‘Right to life’ is 400% stronger)
    20. Donald Trump — After years of sparing Joe and the Donald are still neck and neck.
  2. Creative Commons CC 2023 by the Global Language MonitorGlobal Language Monitor began recording the Top Words of the year in 2000 to document the history of the 21st Century through the English language, the world’s first truly global language. The words are culled throughout the English-speaking world, which as of January 2023 stand at 3.85 billion people.

    Global Language Monitor’s official estimate of the number of words in the English language as of November 11, 2022 is:

    English has continued to churn out about 14.7 neologisms per day — about 5366 words a year. However not all words are considered worthy to be added to the most authoritative and respected English-language dictionaries, the unabridged and various editions of: the Oxford English Dictionary (UK), Merriam Websters (US), American Heritage (US), Collins (UK), and Macquarie (AUS).

    Global Language Monitor employs its NarrativeTracker technologies for global internet and social media analysis. NarrativeTracker is based on global discourse, providing areal-time, accurate picture about any topic, at any point in time. NarrativeTracker analyzes the internet, blogosphere, and the top 300,000 print and electronic global media as well as new social media sources as they emerge. In addition, the Global Language Monitor also tracks the Top Words, Phrases, and Names of the 21st Century.

    About Global Language Monitor

    Based in Austin, Texas, the Global Language Monitor collectively documents, analyzes, and tracks trends in Global English, the world’s first truly global language The company is known for its Word of the Year, political analysis, college and university rankings, high-tech buzzwords, and media analytics.


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