The word of the year is a grim reminder. Merriam Webster has identified the word as “bailout”:
“…The word, which shot to prominence amid the financial meltdown, was looked up so often at Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary site that the publisher says “bailout” was an easy choice for its 2008 Word of the Year.
The rest of the list is not exactly cheerful. It also includes “trepidation,” “precipice” and “turmoil.””
Another phrase introduced to the lexicon is “fail whale”. If the phrase is puzzling, it is an indication that you don’t “tweet” or communicate in 140 characters. Twitter is creating its own vocabulary. It will be a challenge for the Merriam Webster people.