‘Year in Search’ 2019: sport and entertainment top most Googled questions this year - this is what people searched for
Google has now released its ‘Year in Search’ 2019 results, which showcases what we’ve been searching for all year.
Sporting events, TV shows, movies, pronunciation of words and how to do the floss dance - we’ve been searching for it all and more.
UK google searches
It seems that we were most concerned with sport and entertainment with the likes of rugby and cricket taking the top two spots.
These are the top 10 Google searches from the UK in 2019:
Rugby World Cup Cricket World Cup Game of Thrones Chernobyl Thanos Notre Dame Avengers Endgame iPhone 11 Caitlyn Jenner Joker
Most Googled ‘how to’ questions and their answers
These are the top 10 most googled ‘how to’ questions:
How to watch Champions League Final How to watch Game of Thrones How to floss dance How to pronounce psalm How to watch KSI vs Logan How to vote in European elections How to eat pineapple How to register to vote How to tame a fox in Minecraft How to watch Chernobyl
Most of us seemed most concerned about how to watch various TV shows and events, such as Game of Thrones, Chernobyl, the KSI vs Logan Paul boxing match and the Champions League Final.
Also included in the top 10 list is how to pronounce the word ‘psalm’ - the correct pronunciation is ‘saam’, with the ‘p’ and ‘l’ being silent.
For those looking to tame foxed in Minecraft, PC Gamer says: “To tame a fox in Minecraft, you need to make a brand-new fox; you need to convince foxes to breed, in other words. All you need to do this is to give one sweet berry to one fox, then give another sweet berry to the fox with whom you want it to mate. Then wait for them to breed: the freshly-hatched fox will be loyal to you.”
This year also saw a pineapple peeling video go viral showing us how to pull apart a pineapple into segments. Because a pineapple is actually made up of a bunch of berries that have fused together, it can be pulled apart into segments.
Most Googled ‘what is’ questions and their answers
These are the top 10 most Googled ‘what is’ questions from this year:
What is Area 51 What is the backstop What is D Day What is Finn’s Law What is a super over in cricket What is Article 50 What is a dead ting What is Article 13 What is a VSCO girl What is quark
Topping the list of ‘what is’ questions is “What is Area 51”. This search can be explained by the viral Facebook event called “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us” which saw more than two million people click “attending”. In answer to the question, Area 51 is a classified US Air Force facility which has been at the centre of conspiracy theories about aliens.
There was a number of politics related questions in the mix as well, including questions about the backstop and Article 50 and Article 13. Fullfact explains the backstop as: “The “Irish backstop” is effectively an insurance policy in UK-EU Brexit negotiations. It’s meant to make sure that the Irish border remains open (as it is today) whatever the outcome of the UK and the EU’s negotiations about their future relationship after Brexit.”
Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon gives any EU member state the right to quit the EU and outlines the procedure for doing so. It gives the leaving country two years to negotiate an exit deal. Article 13 states that services such as YouTube could be held responsible if users upload copyright protected movies and music.
D Day refers to the Normandy landings during World War II and is the largest seaborne invasion in history.
Finn’s Law is legislation that makes it an offence to harm or abuse an animal in the line of duty and is an amendment to the Animal Welfare Act. It is named after a police dog named Finn who was almost killed when protecting his handler from a teenager with a knife.
In cricket, a super over is a tie breaking method used in limited overs cricket matches where both teams play a single, additional over of six balls to determine the winner of the game.
The question regarding the meaning of ‘dead ting’ likely comes from this years season of popular dating show Love Island wherein eventual winner Amber Gill insulted another girl on the show by calling her a “dead ting”. The insult means that someone is boring.
The term VSCO girl refers to a popular subculture among members of Gen Z and is a trend that describes teenage girls who dress in a particular way, including accessories such as scrunchies, puka shell necklaces, Hydroflask water bottles and white Vans shoes.
Quark is a type of fresh dairy product made by warming soured milk and is a popular alternative to fatty creams and yoghurts.