SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - Tis the season to be jolly — and to make a list, with the end of decade sparking them galore ranging from the top words of the decade, to the top celebrity, or the stupidest gifts for the person with everything.
As 2009 ends the first decade of the 21st century, organizations are cranking out lists for the ultimate items or experiences of the decade called the noughties, aughts or even the naughties with websites hungry for bite-sized reads.
“Lists are quick and easy to digest compared to an in-depth article and often people are looking for quick information,” said Nicole Feenstra, a travel editor at Canadian website Canoe.ca.
Media tracking company Global Language Monitor crowned “global warming” as the top word of the decade, followed by 9/11, as in the 2001 attacks on the United States and the last name of U.S. President Barack Obama.
The rise of China was deemed the decade’s most read news story by the firm, but its choice of “twitter” as top word of 2009 was in dispute, with the New Oxford American Dictionary opting for “unfriend,” referring to the action taken by users of the social networking site Facebook who have tired of a contact.
Language reference publisher Merriam-Webster Inc. said the word of the year was “admonish” after it topped its list of most searched words for three days when the White House announced plans to admonish Republican Joe Wilson for an outburst during a speech by Obama.
Lists of the best albums and best songs were produced by multiple organizations but rapper Jay-Z sorted that out by declaring his album “The Blueprint” the best of the decade.
Eminem was crowned best-selling artist of the decade by sales numbers from Nielsen SoundScan while Billboard named Canadian Daniel Powter as the top one-hit wonder of the decade after his song “Bad Day” topped the U.S. charts for five weeks in 2006.
Film lists were quick to divide readers. New Yorker critic Richard Brody ranked Jean-Luc Godard’s “In Praise of Love” as the top film of the decade but not many agreed with him.
The Hollywood Reporter named “The Adventures of Pluto Nash” starring Eddie Murphy in 2002 as the top movie flop of the decade and listed “Friends” as the most watched TV show.
Hollywood star Angelina Jolie was named the top celebrity of the decade by Hello! Canada after transforming dramatically over that period from a wild child to U.N. ambassador heavily involved in charity work.
Top 10 gadgets of the decade? ABC News made a list that included Apple’s iPhone, the iPod, the Blackberry, Nintendo’s Wii, GPS devices and e-book readers — and also made a list of the top new health scares led by swine flu.
Best fashion designer of the decade? Paste Magazine gave that award to Marc Jacobs and named Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Everything Is Illuminated” as the decade’s best debut novel.
As for this decade’s worst looks, website news.com.au listed Crocs footwear, big shoulders, oversized bags, giant sunglasses, Ugg boots and harem pants and leggings — as well as guys who wear white shoes — as sartorial disasters.
Annual seasonal lists were also produced on virtually every topic imaginable with the top 10 stupidest gifts from website www.stupid.com including reindeer food for humans and a belching beer pager to keep track of drinks in the party season.
Editing by Miral Fahmy