Pope Francis, a pontiff that has made viral news posing with teens for selfies and kissing the disfigured head of a sick man, was the most talked about person this year, according to Global Language Monitor (GLM).
The Texas-based organization released its annual list of top words, names and phrases based on analysis last week, and it placed the popular pope at the top of its list of proper names.
Pope Francis has been hailed as "the people's pontiff," a man who has removed emphasis on controversial issues such as the LGBT community and abortion, and touched people personally. The papal office's Twitter handle, @pontifex, was also fourth on GLM's list of top words of 2013, falling below "404," the code for a webpage failing to load, "Fail" and "Hashtag."
The lists are based on analysis of blogs, social media and online media sources, according to GLM. The full top 10 names of 2012 included Steve Jobs, Osama bin-Laden and Fukushima, and the top word, Apocalypse/Armageddon, reflected the false prophesy that the world would end last year.
Here is this year's top 10 proper names, by GLM's account:
- Pope Francis
- NSA (The National Security Agency)
- Ed Snowden
- Kate Middleton
- "HRH Georgie," the nickname of Prince George of Cambridge, son of Middelton and Prince William
- The IRS
- Texas Sen. Ted Cruz
- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
- The Tea Party
- The Boston Marathon bombers