The word "fail" came in second place and was followed by words including "surveillance", "drone" and "deficit".
To make the list, a word had to have been used a minimum of 25 000 times, appeared in various forms of media and not be specific to a particular country, profession or social group.
Its NarrativeTracker technology scans blogs, social media and news sites from the leading 275 000 print and electronic worldwide magazines and newspapers.
In the 14th annual global survey, GLM listed the error code "404" as the top word.
This number appears when a user clicks a link or tries to access a site that is not available.
It can appear when a story is taken down or if a page cannot load.
This was often used in conjunction with second-place word "fail".
The rest of the top 20 list was dominated by tech-based words including "hashtag" and "@pontifex"- the Twitter handle for
The pope was also the most commonly used name across the web in the past year.
Other common tech words included "nano", referring to nanotechnology, or technology that works with items on an atomic and molecular level, and "meme" relating to internet memes.
The top phrase this year was "Toxic Politics" - a term used for political campaigns that attempt to "scorch and burn" the opponents.
"404 has gained enormous attention across the world this year as systems in place since
"Our top words, phrases and names this year represent some five continents, which continues to confirm the ever-expanding nature of the English language."
GLM also looked at the top words of the decade, these came out as "global warming", "9/11", "evacuee", "derivative", "google", "surge", "chinglish" and "tsunami". -
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