According to Global Language Monitor, "Apocalypse" is number one on the list of the most influential words of 2012.   The term was one of the several end-of-the-world terms on the list, like Obamageddon, Romneygeddon and Frankenstorm.  "Deficit" was the second most-influential word on the list.   It was followed by "Olympiad" and "Bak'tun," which is a reference to the Mayan calendar.