Sunday, December 11, 2005

"Integrity" Is the Top 2005 Dictionary Lookup

in·teg·ri·ty \in-'te-grə-të\ n [ME integrite, fr. MR & L; MF integrité, fr. L integritat-, integritas, fr. integr-, integer entire] (14c) 1 : firm adherence to a code of esp. moral or artistic values : INCORRUPTIBILITY 2 : an unimpaired condition : SOUNDNESS 3 : the quality or state of being complete or undivided : COMPLETENESS syn see HONESTY
That's the definition, searched for by 200,000 people, most frequently looked up in Merriam-Webster's online dictionary in 2005:
"I think the American people have isolated a very important issue for our society to be dealing with," [Merriam-Webster president John] Morse said. "The entire list gives us an interesting window that opens up into what people are thinking about in their lives."
Link. For reasons unknown, Morse also announced that the dictionary was presently and forever removing the definition of "gullible" from its pages and website.

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