Previous Words of the Year

Click on each of the words for their definitions in the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary.

2006

  1. truthiness (noun)
    1 : "truth that comes from the gut, not books" (Stephen Colbert, Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report," October 2005)
    2 : "the quality of preferring concepts or facts one wishes to be true, rather than concepts or facts known to be true" (American Dialect Society, January 2006)
  2. google
  3. decider
  4. war
  5. insurgent
  6. terrorism
  7. vendetta
  8. sectarian
  9. quagmire
  10. corruption

2005

  1. integrity
  2. refugee
  3. contempt
  4. filibuster
  5. insipid
  6. tsunami
  7. pandemic
  8. conclave
  9. levee
  10. inept

2004

  1. blog
  2. incumbent
  3. electoral
  4. insurgent
  5. hurricane
  6. cicada
  7. peloton
  8. partisan
  9. sovereignty
  10. defenestration

2003

  1. democracy
  2. quagmire
  3. quarantine
  4. matrix
  5. marriage
  6. slog
  7. gubernatorial
  8. plagiarism
  9. outage
  10. batten

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