"Wild daro" was voted the top buzzword in Japan for 2012 on Monday at the 2011 U-CAN Awards for newly coined words and phrases in vogue. "Wild daro," meaning "it's wild, isn't it," was made popular by comedian Sugi-chan who is frequently seen in denim shorts, short-sleeved denim shirt and barefoot.
Other words or phrases in this year's list are "ishin," meaning restoration -- used by many political parties at one time or another -- "dai sankyoku," or "third force" -- another political buzzword -- and "chikai uchini" (soon), which Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda frequently said in answer to questions about when he would call an election.
Last year's top three buzzwords were Nadeshiko Japan, 3.11 and "kizuna."© Japan Today