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Singaporeans are wired

Singaporeans are wired

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The 2011 Google search list is out. You, Singaporeans, like tech stuff, Kim Kardashian, pizza, Justin Bieber and Hong Kong.

Ok so…

Another year, another bunch of trends.

According to Google’s 2011 Zeitgeist list, Teen pop sensation Justin Bieber topped the image search list in Singapore. (You people really need to maintain…)

Mr. Brown was listed as the top local blog on Google. (Congrats, Godfather…)

Topping the news search charts are the iPad 2, the rumored iPhone 5 and Samsung. (Guess that’s all Singaporeans care about… Gadgets…)

Tin Pei Ling was the most-searched personality in 2011, trumping two dead personalities in the form of Amy Winehouse and Steve Jobs.

News on the general elections, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and political uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya were also quite hip.

People who searched for food were looking for flour-y stuff: Pizza, pancakes and red-velvet cake.

Where to go for holiday: Hong Kong emerged as the top travel destination with beach getaway spots like the Maldives and Hawaii also among those ranked highly.

Also topping the search list were ex-Foreign Minister George Yeo and 25-year-old Nicole Seah.

The Online Citizen did not feature on Google’s list of top local blogs. (Kwa kwa kwa…)

In 2010, the only Singaporean politician to make the list of Google’s top searches was former Prime Minister and political giant Lee Kuan Yew, who was nowhere to be found the 2011 list.

As for the rest, you can check out for yourselves…

Top Local Blogs
Beatrice Tan
Peggy Heng
Steven Lim (This link is deliberately left out because it is a personal belief that no one should ever click on it.)
Xiaxue (Ditto this.)
Dawn Yang
Silver Ang
Miyake Wong

Fastest Rising Queries
Japan earthquake
Tin Pei Ling
Samsung Galaxy S2
Clementi mall
PC Show 2011

Fastest Rising People
Tin Pei Ling
Amy Winehouse
Nicole Seah
Steve Jobs
George Yeo
Kate Middleton
Natalie Portman
Selena Gomez
Avril Lavigne

Top Travel Destinations
Hong Kong
Cayman Islands
Phi Phi island

Top Food and Drink
Grilled seafood
Ice cream sundae
Gourmet popcorn
Nasi lemak
Red velvet cake

Top Online Games
Dragon Nest
Diablo 3
Dark Souls

Top News Searches
Singapore election
Japan earthquake
Steve jobs
Tin Pei Ling
Nicole Seah

Top ‘Image Search’ Searches
Justin Bieber
Girls Generation
Selena Gomez
Megan Fox
Taylor Swift
SMRT map
Angry Birds

Top Celebrity Searches
Kim Kardashian
Emma Watson
Scarlett Johansson
Angelina Jolie
David Beckham
Megan Fox
Britney Spears
Jennifer Aniston
Lindsay Lohan
Jackie Chan

Zeitgeist Explained
Google reveals the internet “Zeitgeist” (German for “the spirit of the times”) through an exploration of the billions of search queries we receive each year. In addition to the Year-end Zeitgeist, which highlights the top trends of 2011, we also have several tools that give insight into global, regional, past and present search trends. Google Zeitgeist tools can never be used to identify individual users because we rely on anonymized, aggregated counts of how often certain search queries occur over time. These tools are available year-round for you to play with, explore, and learn from: http://www.google.com/insights/search/

And the Word of The Year 2011 goes to…

And the Word of The Year 2011 goes to…

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… “squeezed middle”! Huh? What the hell?

A week ago on Nov. 22, Oxford University Press announced that their U.S. and U.K. lexicographers along with the editorial, marketing and publicity staff had chosen a “global word of the year.”

It is the first time that the U.S. and U.K. are collaborating.

And that word of the year for 2011 is… “squeezed middle.”

Eh… What the hell?

Since you’re scratching your chin, I supposed you’re feeling perplexed as well, and you should be.

Because those TWO words are neither global, nor a word, nor of this year.

It is a catchphrase popularised by Ed Miliband, a British Labor MP in the fall of 2010. Which is last year.

Miliband was being deliberately vague when he came up with that term. It was probably because he wanted nearly everyone to think he was “talking about them”.

He is a politician, you see.

There are also a few other obvious problems with this choice for 2011.

What is distressing is that the Oxford University Press press release referred to the phrase as a “compound”.

Because it isn’t.

A “compound” is a term with a specific grammatical meaning which does not apply in this case. (For example,the word “starfish” is a compound.)

Next, the term is not “global”, that’s for sure.

It is a British phrase that even the Americans have ignored. A Google search would show that “squeezed middle” refers to “cookie filling”. Like cookie filling found in Chips Ahoy.

Anyhow, we’re going to end this article off with the shortlisted words that never made it, some of which were more obvious and better choices.

Such as “occupy” or “bunga bunga”.

From the Oxford University Press press release:

This year saw a particularly strong shortlist of contenders for Word of the Year. The shortlisted words for the US and UK differ, reflecting differences between more local issues and culture. In alphabetical order, here is the US selection of shortlisted words:

Arab Spring n.: a series of anti-government uprisings in various countries in North Africa and the Middle East, beginning in Tunisia in December 2010. [After Prague Spring, denoting the 1968 reform movement in Czechoslovakia.]

Bunga bunga n.: used in reference to parties hosted by the former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, at which various illicit sexual activities were alleged to have taken place.

Clicktivism n.: the use of social media and other online methods to promote a cause. [Blend of click and activism.]

Crowdfunding n.: the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet. [After crowdsourcing.]

Fracking n.: the forcing open of fissures in subterranean rocks by introducing liquid at high pressure, especially to extract oil or gas. [Shortened < hydraulic fracturing.]

Gamification n.: the application of concepts and techniques from games to other areas of activity, for instance as an online marketing technique.

Occupy n.: the name given to an international movement protesting against perceived economic injustice by occupying buildings or public places and staying there for an extended period of time. [From the imperative form of the verb occupy, as in the phrase Occupy Wall Street.]

The 99 percent: the bottom 99% of income earners, regarded collectively.

Tiger mother n.: a demanding mother who pushes her children to high achievement using methods regarded as typical of Asian childrearing. [Coined by Amy Chua in her book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.]

Sifi n.: a bank or other financial institution regarded as so vital to the functioning of the overall economy that it cannot be allowed to fail. [Acronym from systemically important financial institution. Pronounced “SIFF-ee”, rhyming with “jiffy”.]

GE results

GE results

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Find out the election results here, as well as who your MPs will be. Map updates will lag.

2011: PAP: 60.1%, Opposition: 39.9%

2006: PAP: 66.7%, Opposition: 33.3%

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White: Constituency goes to PAP

Blue: Constituency goes to Opposition


2.49am – PAP wins Potong Pasir at 50.36% while SPP garnered 49.64% of the votes. Seats won: PAP – 81, Opposition – 6

2.21am – PAP wins Jurong GRC at 66.96% while NSP garnered 33.04% of the votes. Seats won: PAP – 80, Opposition – 6

2.10am – WP wins Aljunied GRC at 54.71% while WP garnered 45.29% of the votes. Seats won: PAP – 75, Opposition – 6

2.03am – PAP wins Choa Chu Kang GRC at 61.20% while NSP garnered 38.80% of the votes. Seats won: PAP – 75, Opposition – 1

2.03am – PAP wins Holland-Bukit Timah GRC at 60.10% while SDP garnered 39.90% of the votes. Seats won: PAP – 70, Opposition – 1

1.56am – PAP wins Nee Soon GRC at 58.56% while WP garnered 41.61% of the votes. Seats won: PAP – 66, Opposition – 1

1.54am – PAP wins Sembawang GRC at 63.89% while SDP garnered 36.11% of the votes. Seats won: PAP – 61, Opposition – 1

1.48am – PAP wins Pioneer SMC at 60.73% while NSP garnered 39.27% of the votes. Seats won: PAP – 56, Opposition – 1

1.45am – PAP wins East Coast GRC at 54.83% while WP garnered 45.17% of the votes. Seats won: PAP – 55, Opposition – 1

1.38am – PAP wins Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC at 56.94% while SPP garnered 43.06% of the votes. Seats won: PAP – 50, Opposition – 1

1.34am – PAP wins Punggol East SMC at 54.53%, WP garnered 41.02% of the votes, while SDA got 4.45% of the votes. Seats won: PAP – 45, WP – 1

1.28am – PAP wins Ang Mo Kio GRC at 69.33% while RP garnered 30.67% of the votes. Seats won: PAP – 44, Opposition – 1

1.22am – PAP wins Sengkang West SMC at 58.08% while WP garnered 41.92% of the votes. Seats won: PAP – 38, Opposition – 1

1.19am – PAP wins Yuhua SMC at 66.87% while SDP garnered 33.13% of the votes. Seats won: PAP – 37, Opposition – 1

1.12am – PAP wins West Coast GRC at 66.57% while RP garnered 33.43% of the votes. Seats won: PAP – 36, Opposition – 1

1.04am – PAP wins Hong Kah North SMC at 70.61% while SPP garnered 29.39% of the votes. Seats won: PAP – 31, Opposition – 1

1.04am – PAP wins Tampines GRC at 57.22% while NSP garnered 42.78% of the votes. Seats won: PAP – 30, Opposition – 1

12.58am – PAP wins Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC at 64.79% while SDA garnered 35.21% of the votes. Seats won: PAP – 25, Opposition – 1

12.56am – WP wins Hougang SMC at 64.81% while PAP garnered 35.19% of the votes. Seats won: PAP – 19, Opposition – 1

12.53am – PAP wins Marine Parade GRC at 56.65% while NSP garnered 43.35% of the votes. Seats won: PAP – 19, Opposition – 0

12.44am – PAP wins Joo Chiat SMC at 51.01% while WP garnered 48.99% of the votes. Seats won: PAP – 14, Opposition – 0

12.30am – PAP wins Moulmein-Kallang GRC at 58.56% while WP garnered 41.44% of the votes. Seats won: PAP – 13, Opposition – 0

12.27am – Strong win expected for PAP at Sembawang GRC.

12.10am – PAP wins Whampoa SMC at 66.11% while NSP garnered 32.89% of the votes. Seats won: PAP – 9, Opposition – 0

12.07am – PAP wins Radin Mas SMC at 67.11% while NSP garnered 32.89% of the votes.

12.04am – PAP wins Bukit Panjang SMC at 66.26% while NSP garnered 33.74% of the votes.

12am – PAP wins Mountbatten SMC at 58.65% while NSP garnered 41.35% of the votes.

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