USA's #1 word o' the year - BAILOUT

merriam-webster has announced its 'word of the year' for 2008: bailout. defined as 'a rescue from financial distress', the word is most fitting considering the recent presidential elections and economic situation which have weighed heavily on everybody's mind. the word received the highest number of look-ups on the merriam-webster online dictionary over the shortest period of time.

other words on the top ten list were 'socialism', 'maverick' and 'turmoil'.

the word of the year for 2007 was w00t.

(via designboom)

i am particularly amused by 2007's most popular word. hahaha.


  1. I wish they would bailout the education system than attempt to bailout buisinesses like the car companies.

  2. Yep. It's a sad state of affairs in this nation.

  3. I wish woot wasn't considered a word.

  4. lol. woot!

    i think i'm okay with it being a word, as slang and by common-usage only (are you listening mr. webster?).

    i'm also glad that maverick didn't win, regardless of what did.