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Mensch

When:

Lookups spiked on September 24, 2010.

Why:

Carrie Fisher used the word to describe her father, the pop crooner Eddie Fisher, in a statement released after his death:

"He was an extraordinary talent and a true mensch."

Mensch comes from the Yiddish word for "human being" and is used to mean "a person of integrity and honor."

(In the 1950s, when Fisher created a Hollywood scandal by divorcing Debbie Reynolds to marry Elizabeth Taylor, he did not necessarily elevate his status as a mensch.)

The root of the word connects it to man.

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