Words at Play : Top 10 Words of the '00s

#3: Integrity

The decade's parade of corporate accounting scandals – featuring Enron, WorldCom, AIG, etc. – led many to wonder about a quality that seemed more often preached than practiced.

A person with integrity has high moral values; the word is related to the math term integer, meaning "whole."

Example:

President Obama and Vice President Biden publicly welcomed Sen. Arlen Specter ... calling him a man of "immense personal courage" and "unmatched integrity."

— FOXNews.com, April 2009

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