The top word of the English language for 2013 isn’t even a word. It’s a number – “404”. Coming in at number 2 was the word “Fail”. Given that both words mean the same thing, it may be easy to conclude that the English speaking world is tending toward pessimism. I think it’s more likely though that this interesting convergence of the top two words for 2013 is probably indicative of the increasing centrality of the gadgets of technology in our culture.