the most looked-up words of the year

Oh! Oh! Carol had a brilliant idea. Create a sentence using all of the words. Look what a good job she did. Outdone by a Canadian, once again! WTG Carol!

The task for the maverick was to vet the bipartisan paper on socialism, with much trepidation, he regarded the bailout and the turmoil the rogue politicians had put forward could cause the country to fall over the precipice, fortunately the paper did not reveal any words regarding the state of misgoyny in the hallowed halls of the capital buildings.
The words, according to Merriam:

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year 2008

With politics and the economy foremost on the minds of many, it is no wonder that bailout—a word ubiquitously featured in discussions of the presidency and fiscal policy—took home honors as Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year for 2008.
Bailout, defined in Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate® Dictionary, Eleventh Edition as “a rescue from financial distress,” received the highest intensity of lookups on Merriam-Webster Online over the shortest period of time. As evident from the 2008 Word of the Year contenders list below, the presidential campaign and financial issues factored heavily in the concerns of our online visitors throughout the year.
Traffic to Merriam-Webster Online now exceeds 125 million individual page views per month. This corresponds to approximately ten lookup requests in the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary or Thesaurus per second. During peak hours, this may increase to more than 100 requests per second.
Merriam-Webster’s #1 Word of the Year for 2008:
 

1. bailout (noun)
a rescue from financial distress

 
 
Click on each of the other words in the Top Ten List for their definitions in Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary:

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

Hmmm. I didn’t actually have to look any of the words up because I already knew them (she said smugly). There’s a consistency in the list above. What does it say about us as a society?

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  1. Perhaps you should have a wee contest to write a sentence or two using all the words. Politics makes strange bedfellows, especially in Canada lately. (Since I am Canadian with roots in Michigan.) The list is very interesting.

    The task for the maverick was to vet the bipartisan paper on socialism, with much trepidation, he regarded the bailout and the turmoil the rogue politicians had put forward could cause the country to fall over the precipice, fortunately the paper did not reveal any words regarding the state of misgoyny in the hallowed halls of the capital buildings.

    Okay it is just off the top of my head, with more time and thought I would be able to fine tune it. Going for dinner with my family.

    Thanks Susan. I loved it – it tells us what we are all feeling in both countries.

  2. Perhaps you should have a wee contest to write a sentence or two using all the words. Politics makes strange bedfellows, especially in Canada lately. (Since I am Canadian with roots in Michigan.) The list is very interesting.
    The task for the maverick was to vet the bipartisan paper on socialism, with much trepidation, he regarded the bailout and the turmoil the rogue politicians had put forward could cause the country to fall over the precipice, fortunately the paper did not reveal any words regarding the state of misgoyny in the hallowed halls of the capital buildings.
    Okay it is just off the top of my head, with more time and thought I would be able to fine tune it. Going for dinner with my family.
    Thanks Susan. I loved it – it tells us what we are all feeling in both countries.

  3. Very well done!!
    As a fellow Canadian, I applaude you.

    Susan you are a wonder for finding our this informaion and bringing it to our attention. We do not realize what are in the minds of other when words are bandyed about out in the world.

    Let’s hope wth in the year 2009 words such as, Profit, Strong, Ecomony and Rising Stocks, will make there way into our vocabulary.

    We can only hope.

  4. Very well done!!
    As a fellow Canadian, I applaude you.
    Susan you are a wonder for finding our this informaion and bringing it to our attention. We do not realize what are in the minds of other when words are bandyed about out in the world.
    Let’s hope wth in the year 2009 words such as, Profit, Strong, Ecomony and Rising Stocks, will make there way into our vocabulary.
    We can only hope.

  5. Thanks everyone!

    I was feelling a bit of trepidation this morning to see what anyone would say. (I leap before looking sometimes.)

    It is a rather long sentence and needs to be fine tuned. It just came to me in a flash and I was in a hurry to celebrate my husband’s birthday dinner last night. It’s his birthday today. Our oldest son and his wife made the most delicious dinner. Yum, Yum, Yum!

    Thank you, you are all very kind.

  6. Thanks everyone!
    I was feelling a bit of trepidation this morning to see what anyone would say. (I leap before looking sometimes.)
    It is a rather long sentence and needs to be fine tuned. It just came to me in a flash and I was in a hurry to celebrate my husband’s birthday dinner last night. It’s his birthday today. Our oldest son and his wife made the most delicious dinner. Yum, Yum, Yum!
    Thank you, you are all very kind.

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