Going by Merriam-Webster’s Words of the Year 2005, integrity is the most looked up (not looked up to ;-)) word from the Merriam-Webster Online! Does that mean most people don’t even know what the word means?
Here, though, is some consolation. 2004’s most looked up word, it seems, was blog. And 2005 has been, without a doubt, the year of the blogging. So will 2006 be the year of integrity? May be — and the chances of that are more if 2004 was the year of democracy (the 2003 M-W Word of the year)… Sorry, I had to break your heart.
Anyways, I didn’t know the meaning of two of the 2005 “M-W words of year”, those being:
1 : an irregular military adventurer; specifically : an American engaged in fomenting insurrections in Latin America in the mid-19th century
2 a : the use of extreme dilatory tactics in an attempt to delay or prevent action especially in a legislative assembly b : an instance of this practicelevee:
1 : a reception held by a person of distinction on rising from bed
2 : an afternoon assembly at which the British sovereign or his or her representative receives only men
3 : a reception usually in honor of a particular person