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What we talked about in 2011

The year in language

Approaching the end of the year puts us all in a reflective mood. For word-watchers, it’s time to cast an eye back on the past 12 months, looking to see how the latest developments in our shared lexicon reveal something of the spirit of the time. Which words of 2011 were the zeitgeistiest?

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