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What Is 2008's Word of the Year?

What Is 2008's Word of the Year?


We've been breaking down the biggest stories of 2008, and now it's time to reduce the year into one little word. The three major American-English dictionaries have chosen their words of the year — bailout, hypermiling, and overshare — and now it's our turn. I've added three runners-up to make it interesting — maverick, meh, and rogue. What do you think?

Don't like 'em? Perhaps you'd prefer the German youth Word of the Yeargammelfleischparty? A derogatory term for a gathering of people over 30. Literally meaning "spoiled-meat party."

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