Check out Merriam-Webster’s Words of the Year for 2005 — the words most often looked up online. Can this be real?

  1. integrity
  2. refugee
  3. contempt
  4. filibuster
  5. insipid
  6. tsunami
  7. pandemic
  8. conclave
  9. levee
  10. inept

Yup, that pretty much sums it up.

Grist thanks its sponsors. Become one.

Reader support helps sustain our work. Donate today to keep our climate news free.