Sunday, February 8, 2009

Merriam-Webster 's Word of the Year, 2008


This always interests me--every year Merriam-Webster has a vote for their word of the year.

Here are the results from 2008.

1. bailout (noun)
a rescue from financial distress





And the runner ups
  1. vet
  2. socialism
  3. maverick
  4. bipartisan
  5. trepidation
  6. precipice
  7. rogue
  8. misogyny
  9. turmoil


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9 comments:

Arv said...

now why does that not surprise me?

take care Jess :)

Hemanth Potluri said...

blog out ..:P..this word i created..it means addicted to blogging :)...there are no runner ups in my dictionary :) hehe..

have a gr8 week :)..

urs..hemu..

Real Live Lesbian said...

That's definitely the word of the year. Sadly.

justlori2day said...

Why cant it be fluffy bunny's?

Oh, yeah, that is two words...

Dawn (Twisted Sister) said...

I don't get it. How do they chose? I mean is there a certain criteria to get voted word of the year?
I like trepidation way better than bailout ;)

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

bipartisan and maverick are gonna make me lose my cookies here soon...

Jessica said...

Arv,
It really didn't surprise me either! lol

Hemu,
You may really be blog out! :D

Real Live,
Unfortunately, yes. :(

Lori,
haha! I'm with you! :)

Dawn,
LOL-some sort of user vote I think! :)

Gary,
lol, I know, right?

Malcolm said...

If they chose based on which words were the most overused in 2008, I agree. I fully expect "stimulus" to be the Word of 2009.

Jessica said...

Malcolm,
Yeah, I bet you'd win a bet with that one! :)