Tuesday, December 9, 2008

"Bailout" is the 2008 Word of the Year

Here's something I totally missed. Last week Merriam-Webster announced the year's top ten words and definitions as indicated by hits from its Web site Merriam-Webster OnLine. Surprise, surprise: the top word is "bailout."

Bailout is defined by Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition as: "a rescue from financial distress."

Obviously, as we see many corporate bailouts, including bailouts for those who promptly turn around and party, you'd figure that many would want to know just exactly what it meant.

Oh, and bailout: that definition sure sounds like something Main Street could use.

Others in the top 10:
  1. vet
  2. socialism
  3. maverick
  4. bipartisan
  5. trepidation
  6. precipice
  7. rogue
  8. misogyny
  9. turmoil

2 comments:

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Salvaging is defined by Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition as "a man of economic problems."

HMS Home Warranty said...

as we see many corporate bailouts, including bailouts for those who promptly turn around and party, you'd figure that many would want to know just exactly what it meant.