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Top 10 Words of 2006

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'The Colbert Report' Anchor Stephen Colbert

Tens of thousands of people voted in Merriam-Webster's first online survey for the Word of the Year. The results reflect popular cultural trends and the country's current political climate. View the Top 10 list below:

  1. Truthiness

The word "truthiness" became popularized after the October 2005 debut of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report," hosted by Stephen Colbert. He defines it as "truth that comes from the gut, not books." This word won the voting by a 5-to-1 margin.

Google

"Google" was introduced as a transitive verb into the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition, during 2006.

Decider

"Decider" was popularized this past year by President Bush.

War

A common word, "war" has never before appeared in any of the monthly top 50 lookups, yet seems to be on the country's mind.

Insurgent

"Insurgent" placed fourth in the 2004 Merriam-Webster Words of the Year Top Ten list and has become a familiar phrase over the past year.

Terrorism

Many of the Words of the Year reflect the country's concern with national security.

Vendetta

Often defined as a bloody feud, "vendetta" was also on the 2005 Merriam-Webster Word of the Year list.

Sectarian

The clashes in Iraq are often referred to as "sectarian violence" in the news.

Quagmire

"Quagmire" placed second on the 2003 Merriam-Webster Words of the Year Top Ten list.

Corruption

"Corruption" means "impairment of integrity." On what might be more indicative of the year 2006 itself, "Integrity," dropped quite a few places since it was the Merriam-Webster Word of the Year for 2005.

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