Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Top 10 Words of 2010

I won’t hold you in suspense. According to Merriam-Webster, the top word was austerity. The runners-up were pragmaticmoratorium, socialismbigot, doppelgänger, shellacking, ebullientdissident, and furtive. Popularity is calculated according to popularity on the dictionary’s website. How about using all these words in a single sentence? Here’s one attempt by Adam Smith Esq. online:

A new breed of dissidents, taking aim at the dominant big-government, socialism light, "soft bigotry of low expectations" mindset of the past few decades, is standing ebulliently atop the shellacking the Democrats took last November, casting themselves as pragmatists in favor of across-the-board governmental austerity--moratoriums at the very least--and contrary to past furtive custom, they are proudly open about their agenda even at the tail end of the Great Recession, happily running the risk of being called Hoover's doppelgangers.


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