Official Scrabble Dictionary Producer Merriam-Webster Reveals Top 10 Words of Summer 2010
1. Refudiate: Sarah Palin's attention-getting coined blended together refute and repudiate. (Both of these were heavily searched, too.)
5. Austere (and Austerity): most heavily searched around the time of the Greek debt crisis
6. Cacaphony: checked mostly during the World Cup in South Africa when the vuvuzela horns kept playing in the background during the games
8. Opulent: referring to Chelsea Clinton’s Wedding
9. Vapid: used by Supreme Court-nominee Elena Kagan to describe the confirmation proceedings
10. Frugal: several late-summer stories about how Americans are adjusting to new economic realities
For more than 150 years, Merriam-Webster has been America's leading and most-trusted provider of language information. Besides offering guidance to people on the web, the company’s print publications include Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (among the best-selling books in American history) and newly published dictionaries for English-language learners. They also create the well-known Official Scrabble Dictionary. All Merriam-Webster products and services are backed by the largest team of professional dictionary editors and writers in America, and one of the largest in the world.
The Official Scrabble Dictionary was originally published in 1978 as a joint effort of the National Scrabble Association Dictionary Committee and Merriam-Webster. The current edition (the 4th) was published in 2005 by Merriam-Webster. The North American Scrabble Players Association (NASPA) is a community of tournament, club, and avid home players of the classic Scrabble board game.
The 4th and latest edition of the Official Scrabble Dictionary, available at http://www.OfficialScrabbleDictionary.com, was published in 2005. The newest edition contains corrections stemming from the original edition being hand compiled. After a debate in the 1980's, any word originally marked as offensive in the first edition was removed from the Scrabble Dictionary. However, they were kept on the Official Tournament and Club Word List to appease angry members of the National Scrabble Association.
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