#1 Word Of The Year For 2005: Integrity

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Based on online lookups at the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, the #1 Word of the Year for 2005 was:

I can’t tell you how good that makes me feel knowing that integrity played such an important role in people’s lives all through this past year!

Whether they were looking up “integrity” in order to determine if they wanted some or not, or whether they were looking up the word “integrity” in hopes of using it to define their own (or someone else’s) character… isn’t it refreshing to know that so many people were seeking Integrity in some form?!


Rounding out the Top Ten List for 2005:

2. refugee
3. contempt
4. filibuster
5. insipid
6. tsunami
7. pandemic
8. conclave
9. levee
10. inept
Source: Merriam-Webster Online

Hmmmmm… that says a lot too!

Check out the Words of the Year from previous years. It certainly says a lot about what was going on in the world at the time!


Other Popular Words Of The Year

Turns out, Merriam-Webster is not the only dictionary on the block to choose a Word of the Year!

Editors at the New Oxford American Dictionary selected “Podcast” as their 2005 Word of the Year. (If you want more info about postcasting, check this out. And here too.)

And on a related note, here are the 2006 Banished Words of the Year. Which means, they were so overused in 2005, that people have written in to the editors at Lake Superior State University, in effect nominating these words for banishment from the English language.


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