3. “Despicable,” as in “Despicable Me,” another hit movie in Summer 2010.
4. “Moratorium.” Webster’s suggests this one is related to the Gulf oil spill.
5. “Austere,” probably a reflection of current global economic conditions.
6. “Cacophony,” looked up most often during the World Cup soccer match in South Africa and attributed to the use of the “vuvuzela.” (Look it up.)
7. “Doppelganger.” George Stephanopoulos, on “Good Morning America,” sent viewers searching for this word. Do you think Julia Roberts and the real Elizabeth Gilbert look that similar?
8. “Opulent,” a popular word around the time of Chelsea Clinton’s wedding.
9. “Vapid.” Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan used this word to describe her confirmation proceedings.
And finally, word number ten:
10: “Frugal,” relating to how Americans are adjusting to the current economic state.
If you haven’t visited the Merriam-Webster site lately, hop on over there and have some fun. Along with a searchable online dictionary and thesaurus, you’ll find dozens of fun word games and tons of information about new and interesting words.
Fascinating Stories of More Than 350 Everyday Words and Phrases
Here’s a teaser: Do you know what it really means to “bring home the bacon?” This phrase originated in a 15th century entertainment venue similar to our modern-day reality shows. Way back in 1445, a church in Essex County, England began awarding a “flitch of bacon” to the pair of newlyweds who after one year of marriage was chosen as the perfect example of happiness and fidelity. A jury of six bachelors and maidens judged the contest, and the winning couple literally “brought home the bacon.”
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