As the end of the year draws nearer, Merriam-Webster has compiled a list of the top words of 2010.
10. At the bottom of this list is furtive. M-W defines this as
“done by stealth : surreptitious.”
It makes the list because of the failed Times Square bombing in May. The bomber was described as looking furtively around. Used in a sentence:
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9. Coming in at number nine is dissident, meaning, “disagreeing especially with an established religious or political system, organization, or belief; non-conformist.”
It makes the list due to the Novel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, who is often described as China’s best known dissenter.
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8. Eighth on the list is ebullient, “having or showing liveliness and enthusiasm.”
This word was used by many journalists to describe the atmosphere of joy surrounding the rescue of the Chilean miners. Used in a sentence,
Looking forwards to an ebullient Christmas morning? Everyone will love a Chester Creek keyboard or mouse!
7. Ringing in at seven is shellacking,
“a decisive defeat : drubbing.”
President Obama said
Now, I’m not recommending for every future president that they take a shellacking like I did last night. I’m sure there are easier ways to learn these lessons
of the 2010 elections.
While that is already a good example of use in a sentence, I’ll go ahead and throw in my own:
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6. Sixth on the list is doppleganger. M-W defines doppleganger as, “someone who looks like someone else,” or, to put it simply, a person’s “double.”
Now, I’ll admit it. I don’t have a clever (haha) little plug for Chester Creek using the word doppleganger. So, here goes a completely unrelated example:
You look so much like Ally Sheedy from the Breakfast Club, you could be her doppleganger!
(I actually hear this all the time.)
Check back later in the week for the Top Five Words of the Year.