"Gangnam Style" in line for UK dictionary inclusion

Peter Schwartzstein
Reuters Middle East

LONDON, Dec 20 (Reuters) - He has the most-watched video in

Youtube history, become a pop sensation with a horse-riding

dance craze that has swept the world and now Korean singer Psy

may cement his place in popular culture with recognition from a

British dictionary.

"Gangnam Style," Psy's signature song, has been chosen along

with "fiscal cliff" and "Romneyshambles" as some of Collins

Dictionary's words of the year.

"We were looking for words that told the story of the year,"

said Ian Brookes, the dictionary's consultant editor.

"Some words are from events that have been and gone and so

are not likely to stick around ... but others are probably here

to stay."

Other headline entries centred on American politics.

"Fiscal cliff" has drawn a lot of attention as the deadline

for Congress and President Obama to agree on government spending

and tax plans draws nearer.

While the term "Romneyshambles" entered the British public's

consciousness after Mitt Romney's gaffe-ridden visit to London

in July in which he questioned Britain's readiness to host the


The inclusion of "47 percent" on the list after a leaked

video showed Romney telling donors that 47 percent of Americans

would definitely vote for Obama because of their dependency on

the government capped off a bad year for the losing presidential


Collins received over 7,000 submissions on its online


Twelve words of the year - one for each month - were then

selected on the basis of the frequency with which they were

spoken, how many places they appeared and their longevity in

public discourse.

Appearing on the Collins words of the year list is no

guarantee of insertion in the next dictionary.

But Gangnam Style stands a very good chance, Brookes said.

"It's obviously a craze, so there's the possibility it will

go away. But it's been heard by so many people that I think it's

probably earned the right to go into the dictionary."

Other words of the year include "mummy porn" after the

popularity of the "Fifty Shades of Grey" books, and "superstorm"

after Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc along the east coast of

America in October.

(Reporting By Peter Schwartzstein, editing by Paul Casciato)

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