Merriam-Webster's first Word of the Year online survey is in. By an overwhelming 5 to 1 majority vote, top honors went to a word Colbert first introduced on "The Word" segment of his debut broadcast on Comedy Central in October 2005. Soon after, this word was chosen as the 16th annual Word of the Year by the American Dialect Society, and defined by them as "the quality of preferring concepts or facts one wishes to be true, rather than concepts or facts known to be true."

  1. Truthiness (noun)--1 : "truth that comes from the gut, not books" (Stephen Colbert, Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report," October 2005); 2 : "the quality of preferring concepts or facts one wishes to be true, rather than concepts or facts known to be true" (American Dialect Society, January 2006)
  2. Google
  3. Decider
  4. War
  5. Insurgent
  6. Terrorism
  7. Vendetta
  8. Sectarian
  9. Quagmire
  10. Corruption