'Derecho' Makes List of Top Trending Words of 2012The weather term ranks right up there with "Arab Spring" and "Kate"
"Derecho," that once-obscure weather term, has gone, like, totally mainstream.
As we pointed out recently, a derecho is a powerful wind storm associated with fast-moving thunderstorms. Many of us heard the term for the first time a couple of weeks ago when a "super derecho" swept across several U.S. states, wreaking all kinds of havoc.
Yesterday, the Global Language Monitor, which tracks popular words and phrases each year, ranked "derecho" No. 7 on its list of the top trending words of 2012. Also making the list: Arab Spring, rogue nukes, and Kate, thanks to the Dutchess of Cambridge.
Global Language Monitor President Paul JJ Payack said "derecho" is the most interesting meteorological term to rise to prominence since "Snowmageddon."
"This one storm was so incredible and so interesting," he said, referring to the recent wind storm. "It's being tied to climate change and solar max. That's what's giving it the momentum right now."
"Derecho" is Spanish for "right" and, sometimes, "straight ahead."
(Via Capital Weather Gang)
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