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What's the right word for a word that suddenly becomes famous?

I know buzzword. Are there any similar words or common phrases, like shot up word?

My specific context is that I am looking for some suitable word for the heading title of a section which shows charts of words that have suddenly become hot and used a lot in the media (TV, magazines, radio, etc.).

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  • I am actually making some website with graphs and charts, and was looking for some suitable word for the heading title of the section which shows charts of words that have suddenly become hot and used a lot in the media(TV, magazines, radio, etc..).
    – norixxx
    Feb 19, 2013 at 3:30
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    Catchword is often used to refer to a trendy word or phrase, but I am not sure if it can be used if a word has rose to be famous suddenly. Such as in, "Quality assurance is a catchword these days."
    – Mohit
    Feb 19, 2013 at 3:58
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    Do you have a single word in mind? Would a phrase be acceptable? Feb 19, 2013 at 4:13
  • A phrase is fine.
    – norixxx
    Feb 19, 2013 at 6:13
  • Obviously, it's a meme!
    – Hot Licks
    May 28, 2018 at 2:24

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You might consider trendy fads.

It sounds like you are talking about the sort of annoying business jargon that shows up in Buzzword Bingo games, except that it is not limited to CorpSpeak.

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'in' expression

I can't find a dictionary entry for this one. "In" here is used in the sense "in fashion", meaning "popular".

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