Jejemon, Word of the Year 2010

If I would ask a dozen people, who among of you first came up with the word “Jejemon”? I guess almost everybody would now claim it's them. Why? Because “Jejemon” was chosen on Friday as the Word of the Year in Sawikaan 2010.

Sawikaan is a “revived” national Word of the Year conference made possible by the Filipinas Institute of Translation (FIT), Inc. in cooperation with the Blas Ople Foundation, Anvil Publishing, DepEd, CHED, the University of the Philippines Sentro ng Wikang Filipino and the UP College of Arts and Letters. In 2010, the conference was held on July 29-30 in UP Diliman.

“Unli,” “emo,” “load,” “spam,” “solb,” “tarpo,” “namumutbol,” “Ondoy,” and “Ampatuan” were also considered as entries but it was “Jejemon” that has the most “impact” in the sociocultural, political, social, economic, and other aspects of Filipino life in the past 2 years so it became word of the year.

Expect modern dictionaries to include “Jejemon” upon publication. Whoever “invented” it must be really proud. It's a victory for all “jejemons” out there.

Check out the “Jejemon” translator here and the official music video and lyrics of the song, click here.