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Twerking on Irish people's minds in 13

Tuesday, December 17 12:35:46

In the year of another austerity Budget, more taxes, political scandals, the exit of the Troika and the continuing deep malaise in the banks, Irish people most wanted to know 'What is 'twerking'?'

That's according to Google's Zeitgeist results for 2013 today which also found that Paul Walker topped both Ireland's top searches and people list for 2013 while Irish mixed martial artist Conor McGregor was the top sports personality of the year. Phil Hogan was the top trending Irish politician and Miley Cyrus the top trending artist, the annual Zeitgeist, which takes a look at the top trending and most popular search terms among Irish users on the Internet, found.

This year's results show that the Irish were either searching online for the latest updates on big events or trying to be responsible citizens. With the deadline given for homeowners to indicate how they wished to pay in 2014, 'Property tax' was a popular search term on Google, as homeowners searched for more information.

Travel and big events also interested the Irish with 'Ryanair', 'Trivago', 'Royal Baby', 'Oxegen' and 'Eurovision 2013' all making it into the top ten most popular search terms of 2013.

The death of 'Fast and Furious' star Paul Walker, 'Glee' star Cory Monteith and more recently, the former president of Africa, Nelson Mandela all dominate the top trending searches for Ireland.

New words in the Irish lexicon that weren't around in our father's day include:

catfish - someone who pretends to be someone they're not, using social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances.

Twerking, as demonstrated by Miley Cyrus at the VMA awards, this search term also topped the What is..? list.

Grumpy cat, it's a cat that - you've guessed it - looks grumpy.

Squinch, a technique employed by models where you make a squeeze and pinch movement with your eyes - apparently it makes one look more attractive.

Dr Who fans, or 'Whovians' make the list as the Sci-fi TV programme celebrated its 50th anniversary this year.