Word of the Year is: "Bailout"
John McCain's Commonly Used Word, “Maverick,”
Nearly Won the Title “Word of the Year.”
The alphabet gurus at Merriam-Webster gave the honor to the word “bailout.”
People looked it up so often on Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary that it was an easy choice for its annual award, the publisher said.
The rest of the list features other terms used at times of economic peril, "trepidation," "precipice" and "turmoil."
Other words from the presidential trail included “bipartisan” and “vet” – as in to appraise or evaluate.