Thursday, February 02, 2006

Words of the Year - Guess What Made It



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Welcome to all of my readers around the world.

Afghanistan…East Angola…Albania…Antigua and Barbuda…
Argentina…Aruba…Azerbaijan…Australia…Austria...
Bangladesh…Bahamas…Belarus…Belize…Belgium… Bermuda…
Brazil…Burkina Faso…Canada...Colombia…Cook Islands…
Costa Rica… Croatia…Cyprus…Denmark…Dominica…Egypt…
Finland…France…French Polynesia…Germany…Greece…Ghana …
Hungary…Hong Kong… India…Indonesia…Iran…Ireland…
Israel…Italy…Jamaica… Japan…Jordan…Kazakhstan…Latvia…
Lebanon…Luxembourg… Macedonia…Malaysia…Malta …
Mexico…Morocco…Nepal…Netherlands…New Zealand…
Nicaragua…Nigeria… Norway…Oman…Pakistan…Philippines…
Poland… Puerto Rico…Portugal…Qatar…Russian Federation…
Romania…Senegal…Serbia & Montenegro…Singapore…
Slovakia…Slovenia…Spain…South Africa…Sweden…Switzerland…
Syria…Taiwan…Thailand…Togo…Trinidad And Tobago…Tunisia…
Turkey…Ukraine …United Arab Emirates…United Kingdom(51 counties)…
USA(all 50 states + DC)…Venezuela…Vietnam… Yugoslavia

If I have missed anyone, let me know and I will add your country.


Merriam-Webster's Words of the Year

Well they are out. The 2005 most looked up words for the year.
I found this year’s list to be interesting. You can get a glimpse of how people are thinking and feeling by the words.
Yes, some people looked them up just to know how to spell them, but others looked them up to better understand their meaning. And there is an excellent chance that those looking up how to spell them, where using them in sentences.

I noticed that in the last couple of years people were looking up words like:
democracy, electoral, incumbent, sovereignty, hurricanes and quarantine.
You can see how much of the words reflect the events and concerns of governments and the people.
As blogs entered the online world of journaling, people rushed in to create their own, so not surprisingly, blog top the charts in 2004.

I am also not surprised to see tsunami & pandemic on the list of 2005.
What I found interesting was or pleasantly surprise was to see that the top word for 2005 is integrity.
Now, as I said it doesn't give the reasons for people looking up the word, but it does give us some insight. Whether people are looking for more integrity in their own lives or want to use it in their business or even write about it. It gives hope for increase values and understanding in others.

It also fits in with a change I have seen in the business word. More and more people are working on co-opetition instead of competition. By working together, they have discovered that they can accomplish so much more and they are able to help someone else out at the same time. They have stated that their worlds have opened to possibilities and successes that they wouldn't have accomplished with their old mindset. They have also had less stress and made new friends.
It is definitely in alignment with the saying as you give so shall you receive.

It is by people who believe in this that have helped me grow and taught me so much more than I could have achieved on my own. For them I am grateful.
For 2006, it would be great to see words like, understanding, gratitude, patience, wonder, and non-judgment top the charts. Together we can take steps to just that.
As always you can choose how you are going to look at and act or react to any situation.

Here is the list for 2005
Merriam-Webster's Words of the Year 2005

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

Previous Words of the Year

2004
1. blog noun [short for Weblog] : a Web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer
2. incumbent
3. electoral
4. insurgent
5. hurricane
6. cicada
7. peloton noun : the main body of riders in a bicycle race
8. partisan
9. sovereignty
10. defenestration

2003
1. democracy
2. quagmire
3. quarantine
4. matrix
5. marriage
6. slog
7. gubernatorial
8. plagiarism


All the Best!
Maria Boomhower
The Master Communicator
Communication Mastery
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P.S. If you like what you're reading in here, you’ll love, "Perceptions, How to discover what you are really seeing and how it affects your belief system." "Our brains have a RAS system. It filters out anything that your brain doesn't consider important. But what if you thought it was"? Perceptions-Understanding What you are Really Seeing.


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