2005 Word of the Year

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year for 2005:

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

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

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