While I was searching for the best words to go along with the letters for the Pop Culture Alphabet (which you should begin using when spelling your name over the phone), Google helped decide which words are the most popular.
Here are the most popular search terms, by letter, in the United States:
The obvious hack joke here is that we are a society that loves buying stuff, listening to music, social networks, we don’t know how to spell and there are some people that still use Mapquest.
Also, I’d be curious to find out how many people misspelled dictionary, while searching for a dictionary, and were surprised to find that google fixed the spelling for them but went ahead and searched for their word in dictionary.com anyway…
The strangest popular search was for Q – QWOP. It’s a game where you guide a handicapped Olympic runner down a track by telling him which neurons to fire and which muscle to control. My best run was 4.1 meters before crashing headfirst, and bleeding all over the clay. Urban Dictionary has a much better description. Given it’s the most searched for Q word on Google, apparently I was the only person who didn’t know about it.
Apparently it’s a 100 meter dash to a long jump. An Olympic first.