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

#5: Partisan 

Throughout the decade (and beyond), this word – which emphasizes one's allegiance to the part rather than the whole – characterized America's deeply divided politics.

Example:

The moderate convention speakers ... are expected to stick to safe partisan topics such as praise for Bush's leadership.

— Seattle P-I, August 2004

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