2008 Goes Down in Dictionaries

2008, with its accompanying economic crises and political negotiations, will go down in…the dictionary?

Merriam-Webster recently announced its decision to make ‘bailout’ the 2008 Word of the Year. Americans looked up ‘bailout’ in the M-W online dictionary more than any other word. Also topping the lists were fear-tinged words like ‘trepidation’ and ‘turmoil.’

I find it fascinating to note that, no matter how archaic and unnecessary the dictionary is supposed to be, it is still one place that Americans turn when life – and the economy – is hard to define.


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