And the word of the year is...
Coined and defined by Comedy Central's political commentator Stephen Colbert as "truth that comes from the gut, not books," the word truthiness best sums up 2006, according to an online survey by the Springfield dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster.
Once derided by Colbert as the "word police" and a bunch of "wordinistas," the folks at Merriam-Webster fully embrace his peculiar term, even if it can't be found in the pages of their dictionary.
"We're at a point where what constitutes truth is a question on a lot of people's minds, and truth has become up for grabs," said John Morse, Merriam-Webster's president. "Truthiness is a playful way for us to think about a very important issue."
And there you have it.