Nadeshiko Japan,’ ‘3.11’ voted top buzzwords for 2011

December 8th, 2011By Category: News

Japan’s World Cup-winning women’s soccer team Nadeshiko Japan and 3.11, the term used to refer to the March 11 disaster, were the the top buzzwords at the 2011 U-CAN Awards for newly coined words and words in vogue.

Other words that made the top 10 were “kizuna” (solidarity that binds us), “kitakunanmin” (referring to people unable to go home on the night of March 11), “Fuhyohigai” (damage caused by rumors) and “kodamadeshoka” (used constantly in public service announcement ads by production house AC Japan in the weeks after the disaster).

Non-disaster-related buzzwords were “dojonaikaku” (Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda referring to himself as a loach prime minister), and “sumaho” for smartphone.

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