Phrase gets 24% votes to win the Unspeakable Award 2011
The phrase ‘sexting’ has become this year’s most irritating technology term.
YouGov found in its poll of 2,054 adults in the UK that sexting is least favourite new technology jargon of 2011, said the Daily Mail.
Computeractive magazine conducted the poll. It awarded ‘sexting’ its ‘Unspeakable Award’ for the worst new piece of technology terms.
It awarded the prize for the "new, technology-related word most likely to make you wince, grimace or want to bang your head on the keyboard."
Sexting, which means the sending of sexually explicit photographs or messages by mobile phone, received 24% of votes. ‘Intexticated’, with 13% of the vote, came a distant second. It means: "unable to concentrate while driving due to being distracted by texting." The third on the most irritating phrase list this year is ‘Defriend’, with 8%. It means: "to remove someone from one’s list of friends on social networking site."
Computeractive editor Paul Allen said there is no arguing that ‘intexticated’, ‘defriend’ and ‘Twittersphere’ are all unspeakable words, but ‘sexting’ is a worthy winner.
"When you first hear it, you don’t know whether to wince, howl or just weep for the English language."
"Any word voted more horrible than ‘intexticated’ deserves an award," said Allen.