Merriam Webster 2008 Word of the Year: “Bailout”

Merriam Webster has revealed the 2008 Word of the Year:  bailout!  Other top words, indicators of the mood of our nation, included trepidation,” “precipice” and “turmoil.”

“There’s something about the national psyche right now that is looking up words that seem to suggest fear and anxiety,” said John Morse, Merriam-Webster’s president and publisher.

According to this CNN article, “Several well-worn terms from the presidential campaign also made the cut: “maverick,” “bipartisan” and, coming in at No. 2, “vet” – to appraise and evaluate, as in vetting a vice presidential pick.

How does Merriam Webster define “bailout”?  Check it out below:

bailout – Definition from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary via kwout

 What do you think?  Do you agree that bailout should be the 2008 Word of the Year?  Vote in our poll!

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