When you work around Social Media, it is almost inevitable that you’re one he first to hear of new trends. This means we usually get to endure the pain of awfully catchy content & slang words a lot longer than most people. E.g. Gangnam Stlye, Anthony Dodson, YOLO & Swag to name a few.
Without trying to sounds like a grumpy young man, I was thinking the other day how annoying the word “Swag” is (mainly cause I have zero) and pondered as to weather it was on it’s way out yet. After all, all good things come to an end right?
I wondered if Google cold help. I turned to Google insights and decided check the search interest of these hipster term (slang abbreviations) across the globe.
Thankfully, it seems as though the worst of the “Swag” spell has passed. The YOLO craze boomed and flopped dramatically - short interest lifespan for this word, which is pretty surprising given how much I still hear it. Although it looks like “WTF” is hear to stay – which I can live with. However… Nothing seems to be beating “LOL”. It is definitely here to stay. My Nan even knows what “LOL” means so guess I will learn to live with it.
Search interest shows us one key thing: How many people are looking for the meaning of the slang word. This will obviously decline as people become familiar with each word so in a way a decline in interest doesn’t necessarily mean the term is going away. Look at “LOL” it’s still going strong.
Oh well, bit of fun anyway.