2003 Word of the Year

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year for 2003:

Click on each of the other words in the Top Ten List for their definitions in Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary:

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

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