“Corruption” and “bank” among 2014 buzzwords

“Corruption” and “bank” among 2014 buzzwords

In a year when Mohammed was listed as the most popular boy’s name in the UK, Portugal’s buzzwords for 2014 include “corrupção” “banco” “jihadismo” and “selfie”. With “ebola” and “legionella” also among the shapers of the epoque, the only word with an upbeat connotation seems to be “xurdir”, which signifies “fighting for life”. Ten words are now being “voted on” to see which wins Portugal’s “word of the year” accolade.
The voting is led by Portuguese publisher Porto Editora. The full list includes: “cibervadiagem” – the practice of people trolling internet gaming sites when they are at work – and “gamificação” – the use of game technology to engage people to solve problems.
“Basqueiro” is the 10th word, used by Economy Minister Pires de Lima to describe a huge song and dance/performance – of which this year there have been many.
The country’s voters are all encouraged to place their preferences via infopedia.pt. Voting will continue until December 31 with the buzzword for 2014 being published sometime in January.