A Global Language Monitor survey concluded that "Arab Spring" and "Royal Wedding" are the top phrases of 2011, while Steve Jobs is the year's top name.
"Occupy" and "deficit" also made it to the survey's list as the top words of the year.
The words and phrases were put together using a computer algorithm, which made its calculations based on this year's top words across print and electronic media, as well as other web sources and social networking sites.
"Arab Spring" was a phrase coined by the media to spell out the series of uprisings across the Arab world this year. The "Royal Wedding" gathered popularity due to the global media attention the event received.