Last week at its annual meeting, the American Dialect Society voted on the words of the year and decade. The vote is much anticipated by word-lovers. The society named "tweet" the word of the year. Speaking to NPR's Lianne Hansen, Grant Barrett, chair of the society's new word committee, said, "A lot of people felt that this was the year of Twitter. Some people were even speaking of it as becoming so core to the Internet that it's like a public utility. It just becomes invisible and people build their Web sites and their applications on top of it." The society voted "google" word of the decade. Barrett had thought it might be blog, but "the argument from the floor from one of our members was that a lot of people blog, millions of people blog, but everybody googles, young and old." Duke University Press publishes American Speech, the journal of the American Dialect Society. If you're interested in new, or newly popular words, you can read the feature "Among the New Words" in the journal.