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October 12th, 2012
08:03 AM ET

'Malarkey,' 'shirtless' - Google's Abbi Tatton shares the terms that were trending during the VP debate

Just one week after Big Bird made headlines across the nation, another debate buzzword began trending online: “malarkey.”

Governor Mitt Romney may be credited with bringing Big Bird back to conversations among kids and adults well past pre-school, but Vice President Joe Biden is now famous for making malarkey the word of the week. What else was the talk of the web was during & immediately after last night’s vice presidential debate? Google's Abbi Tatton has the answers.

“One of the main things people were trying to figure out, what is the Vice President talking about?” Tatton reports. She says people were searching what “conflating” meant on Google, since Biden used the word in the first hour. “’Who is winning the debate?’ was another one of the breakout searches last night.” Biden related searches included his age, his wife and him laughing. “Very different for Paul Ryan,” Tatton says. “Shirtless” and “Workout” appeared for Ryan. “These are search terms Paul Ryan cannot shake.”

The final word is that the election itself is trending nationwide. “The vice presidential debate last night was more searched than things like Miley Cyrus and baseball,” Tatton says, “so people are really getting interested in this election at this point.”

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  1. VAmom23

    Sorry, Paul Ryan. Your workout photos are just plain creepy. Plus it shows you are just trying a little tooooo hard for a little publicity. yuck

    October 12, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Reply

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