‘BP Spillcam’ Among Most Commonly Used Phrases on TV This Year
What do the Gulf oil spill and MTV’s Jersey Shore have in common? Well, nothing. Except this: A recent survey found that “BP Spillcam,” the underwater camera that allowed viewers to see oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico for months, and “guido,” a negative term for Italian often used in the MTV show, were among the most commonly used words on television this year.
“BP Spillcam” topped the list by the Global Language Monitor due to the live camera feeds of the ruptured deep sea well that caused the world’s biggest offshore spill. The murky pictures of the well were watched by millions of viewers on television, the Internet and mobile devices.