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By Toby Macdonald

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY may be dyslexic but she is certainly not lost for words.

The 18-year-old star is single-handedly credited with reviving the language of Shakespeare.

The Pirates of the Caribbean actress has resurrected 'parley', which the English playwright used as far back as the 17th century.

Derived from the French 'parler' and meaning 'to speak peacefully', the word has been named as one of the ten most influential words to come out of Hollywood this year.

The California-based Global Language Monitor, which tracks usage of words on the internet and in newspapers worldwide, also named 'wardrobe malfunction' as its top Hollyword.

It is the phrase coined by Justin Timberlake to describe Janet Jackson's infamous SuperBowl boob.

Paul JJ Payack, president of the Global Language Monitor, said: 'There is no question that Hollywood has had a profound impact upon word choice and usage for global English.

'Wardrobe malfunction is but one phrase destined to outlive the football game with which it is associated.'

The Global Language Monitor was set up by Harvard graduate and former academic Mr Payack to study the trends in language and their influences.

The annual Hollywood top ten looks at both frequency of usage and the impact of phrases which can be directly tracked back to films and television.

Knightley has revealed how she was branded 'stupid' by school bullies pupils as she struggled to read and write because of dyslexia.


1 Wardrobe Malfunction (Super Bowl) From the Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake incident at the Super Bowl.

2 Bootylicious (Grammys, MTV Music Awards). Women like hostess Beyonce who have well-endowed rears.

3 Extreme Makover From the various 'makeover shows, from homes to booties.

4 Gigli (Gigli). From movie starring Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck. New word for really bad as in 'gigli bad'.

5 Give it up! (American Idol) Replaces the square: please applaud for...

6 Governator (California Recall Election). The Honorable Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

7 Parley (Pirates of the Caribbean) From pirates 'code of the Brethren' where one cannot be harmed until one has an audience with the Captain and the 'parley' is complete.

8 Snap (Freaky Friday). From the Jamie Lee Curtis movie, as in 'Oh snap!' meaning very cool.

9 Smiths (Matrix). To lack individuality, like the multi-duplicated Smith in The Matrix Reloaded.

10 Understated (Lost in Translation). More than 3200 citations of Bill Murray, right and 'understated' on web. It is evidently now also a synonym for 'loser'.


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