“Integrity” is Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year for 2005

“Lookups for ‘integrity’ have steadily increased over the past few years, and this year it is clearly the most looked-up word,” said John M. Morse, president and publisher of Merriam-Webster. “We’re not sure how to account for the increase in interest in this particular word, except that people do often look up the meanings of words that have special significance to current events and issues. Perhaps it’s not too much of a stretch to think that recent political and social developments have made the word integrity particularly appropriate to issues that people are talking about.” [source | top 10 words for 2005]