Tokyo: Nadeshiko Japan the nickname of the national women's soccer team, has emerged as the country's 'word of the year' for 2011.

Nadeshiko Japan has been selected as the top buzzword this year as the team's victory in the World Cup final in July lifted the spirit of the nation when it was still reeling from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, a news agency quoted as saying the organiser of the award.

Among the top 10 Japanese words and phrases that best define 2011, five were related to the March disaster and the ensuing nuclear crisis, such as "3.11" (March 11), and "kizuna" (bond and solidarity), said organiser Jiyukokuminsha publishing company.

Other buzzwords in the top 10 list included "dojo naikaku" (loach Cabinet) derived from Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's comparison of himself to the bottom-feeding fish, "sumaho" (smartphone) and "doya gao" (stuck-up face).

Nadeshiko is the name for a pink-frilled carnation symbolising grace and beauty. The women's soccer team received the People's Honor Award from the government in August for their first-ever World Cup victory.

(Agencies)