In a twist on a year-end “top ten” list, we have a list of terms that have sprung into being or into wider notice this past year.
Some you’ll recall immediately.
Origin: Denver Broncos Quarterback Tim Tebow’s high propensity for praying midgame.
1. According to tebowing.com, a website that celebrates the practice, to “Tebow” is “to get down on a knee and start praying, even if everyone else around you is doing something completely different.” 2. An Internet craze that explains all of those awkward-looking photos you see people taking everywhere.
Some are more obscure (at least to some of us).
Bunga bunga (noun)
1. A phrase of indeterminate origin and meaning, often used in reference to the sexual exploits of Silvio Berlusconi, former prime minister of Italy. 2. Just one way in which Berlusconi embarrassed many Italians (see also Berlusconi’s definition of “Tanned”).