I missed this nugget from last week, but apparently Merriam-Webster made “bailout” its 2008 word of the year.
Via The Big Picture:
With politics and the economy foremost on the minds of many, it is no wonder that bailout—a word ubiquitously featured in discussions of the presidency and fiscal policy—took home honors as Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year for 2008.
Bailout, defined in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition as "a rescue from financial distress," received the highest intensity of lookups on Merriam-Webster Online over the shortest period of time. As evident from the 2008 Word of the Year contenders list below, the presidential campaign and financial issues factored heavily in the concerns of our online visitors throughout the year…
Merriam-Webster's #1 Word of the Year for 2008:
1. bailout (noun)
a rescue from financial distress
Here are the others form its top 10 list: