Merriam-Webster Words of the Year 2008

Chris Waigl chris at LASCRIBE.NET
Sat Dec 13 13:27:09 UTC 2008

On 12 Dec 2008, at 17:48, Benjamin Zimmer wrote:
> "As usual" except for 2006 and 2007, when it was determined by an
> online vote. In 2006 the selection was open to any candidates,
> resulting in the Colbert Nation swamping the voting with "truthiness".
> In 2007 they let people pick from 20 finalists, including some
> non-dictionary items from M-W's Open Dictionary project, and that
> resulted in "w00t" being selected. Evidently they're now done with
> their experiments in lexico-democracy.

Thanks for he correction. The experiments must have escaped me.


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