The millionth word

It is estimated that the millionth word in English is “Web 2.0.” I find that very disorienting, not the least of which is because Web 2.0 is not actually a single word, and it isn’t connected by a hyphen either. If a space is sufficient, it seems like there would be a lot more than one million words in English.

Also, it seems like words should be ones that will be used in the future, and not ones that are trendy and will disappear from regular usage quickly. Since web 2.0 is really about services on the Internet that completely lack and value, such as twitter, I don’t see how it will stay around for long. Then again, there are a lot of people that want to make nonsensical statements in a way they cannot be argued with. For all the effort put into making “Web 2.0” interactive, the most popular things seem designed to make interaction and responses impossible.

Keeping these things in mind, I have an alternative view about what caused the economic crisis.


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