Merriam-Webster's Words of the Year 2005

Merriam-Webster online announces its top ten most searched for words of 2005. The winner, MW's most searched for word is INTEGRITY. Integrity? I'm not even sure what to say about this. I guess I'm glad people are looking up words, but, integrity? The rest of the top ten are just as bland: 2. refugee 3. contempt 4. filibuster 5. insipid 6. tsunami 7. pandemic 8. conclave 9. levee 10. inept. I almost feel like MW's whole list is a put-on to try and foist some kind of moral awareness or conscience. (As I adjust my tin hat...) Maybe the list actually does represent the top ten most searched for words at MW and people just go elsewhere, like Urban Dictionary, for their lexicographic spice, where you can search for words like ghettoguistics, semanatics, or find help with your morphology or phonology homework. For instance, the suffix -ish, does not really form an adjective from a noun base, it actually is a mish-mash byproduct of censoring obscene words on rap or rock and roll songs:
1. Slang term often used to replace shit. Derived from the process of editing the vocals of rap-songs by reversing the curse words so said song could be played on radio or television, as in 'That's the dope ish'.


Blogger Language weirdness, technically speaking said...

PERFECT. Now, which personality type does this speech pattern mostly resemble? This is the internet's personality.

6:04 AM  

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