UP experts pick "jejemon" as finalist for Word of the Year

A group of academics from the University of Philippines in Diliman (UP Diliman) picked "jejemon" as finalist for word of the year, reports GMANews.TV.

Last Friday, UP Diliman's Filipinas Institute of Translation (FIT) announced chosen 10 words that had a "strong influence" on the lives of Filipinos during the past two years. Newsbytes.ph reporter Melvin Calimag wrote: "'Jejemon,' which refers to mobile consumers who use muddled text formats in their text messages, is nominated for the plum prize alongside 'unli,' 'load,' 'tarpo,' 'spam,' 'solb,' 'emo,' 'namumutbol,' 'Ondoy,' and 'Ampatuan.'"

The final choice will be announced at the "Sawikaan 2010: Word of the Year Conference" to be held on July 29 to 30 at the Pulungang Claro M. Recto, Bulwagang Rizal, at UP Diliman in Quezon City.

The last time that a word was given the honor was in 2007. That word was "miskol"–a local version of the mobile phone-based phrase "missed call." GMANews.TV explained: No words of the year were chosen during the past two years because the group believed that no word "deserved" the title.

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