Merriam-Webster's WOTY: truthiness!

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Fri Dec 8 22:26:43 UTC 2006

On 12/8/06, Benjamin Zimmer <bgzimmer at> wrote:
> This year, Merriam-Webster asked people to vote for Word of the Year
> (instead of simply choosing the word with the most look-ups on
>, as in previous years). The people have spoken: it's
> "truthiness" (beating out "google", "decider", "war", etc.). It won by
> "an overwhelming 5 to 1 majority vote," so there may have been some
> ballot-box-stuffing. Here's the announcement, with the ADS definition
> from the '05 WOTY announcement prominently featured:
> And here's an AP story about it:

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