Last year, it was the word “tweet” that managed to rise above all others in obtaining the coveted recognition of being the word of the year. For 2010, the American Dialect Society went through some great lengths in narrowing down the list for the prized award, but ultimately, only one word was able to beat out the competition.
Bowing down before it are words like “junk” and WikiLeaks,” but the word “app” ended up becoming the clear cut winner as it was chosen as the 2010 word of the year. Naturally, the simple three lettered word managed to stay ingrained into the minds of consumers thanks to Apple's trademark on “there's an app for that” slogan.
Now if you want to be super formal, you can simply refer to it as “application,” but it just sounds more natural and easier during conversations to call it “app.” Nonetheless, the word was able to receive 69 votes from a panel of linguists from the society – thus gaining that prestigious title along the way.