Merriam-Webster 2009 Word Of The Year

It's no lie. Merriam-Webster has chosen "admonish" as its 2009 Word of the Year.

It beat out several other finalists that emerged from what the dictionary publisher's editor at large calls the "intersection of news and vocabulary."

It's a verb dating to the 14th century meaning "to express warning or disapproval in a gentle, earnest, or solicitous manner."

It was in the news this year when the U.S. House admonished South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson for shouting "You lie!" at President Barack Obama during a health care speech.

Other words in this year's top 10 list released Thursday include "emaciated," describing the condition of Michael Jackson's body after his death, and "nugatory," meaning "of little or no consequence."


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  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Nov 20, 2009 at 11:55 PM
    What? Say it ain't so. OSOC disparage the president? When did this start? *snort* hahaha Are you admonishing him for having an opinion (and probably a better sense of reality than you think)? :->
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Nov 20, 2009 at 06:16 AM
    OSOC - did you just call the president a terrorist and you used Fort Hood as an example of your twisted sense of reality and for a cheap shot against the president? I think you've sunken to an all time low.
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Nov 19, 2009 at 11:03 AM
    Pandemic was tossed around quite a bit this year and made the list also. Reminds me of 'Panic Button', as in , 'Press the Pandemic Button'.
  • by Vance on Nov 19, 2009 at 10:50 AM
    CHANGE defined:Higher deficit,Higher unemployment rate,Socialized health care,Bankruptcy,Marxism,A Man caused Disaster,and or something not in our pockets anymore.Sentences>I HOPE this CHANGE will soon go away.Or I HOPE to have CHANGE in my pocket again one day.
  • by PUREBREAD on Nov 19, 2009 at 10:04 AM
    BLASPHEMY,it should be OBONGA!Or PUREBREAD.What do you think The Wise One.Just having fun.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Nov 19, 2009 at 07:30 AM
    I like nugatory, like Obama will be nugatory in his duties as presdient due to his liberal bias. What about you boys and girls. I would admonish Obama for what he did at Fort Hood, he was a terrorist.
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