"What is morally wrong can never be politically right." - Lord Shaftesbury


As expected, there were a few surprises in store for us as we pored through your submissions for our first Word of the Year online survey. Either the vast majority of you out there in the Merriam-Webster online community are big fans of The Colbert Report, or Time Magazine was right on target when it honored the show's host Stephen Colbert earlier this year as one of the most influential people of 2006. By an overwhelming 5 to 1 majority vote, our visitors have awarded top honors to a word Colbert first introduced on "The Word" segment of his debut broadcast on Comedy Central back 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."

various definitions of truthiness:

(noun) : Believing something is true from the gut, or inside. Using life experiences of learnings to make something seem true 

(noun) : truth that comes from the gut not books 

(noun) : The level to which an idea or statement, while not completely accurate or valid, is true; such as in statements from the White House, or, say, People Magazine vs. In Touch Magazine. 

(noun) : like the truth [from Steven Colbert on his television show The Colbert Report] 

(noun) : the quality by which a person claims to know something intuitively, instinctively, or "from the gut" without regard to evidence, logic, or intellectual examination 

(noun) : The quality of truth.

(noun) : A word coined by the comic genius Steven Colbert meaning "truthy, not facty". Cannot be properly used unless Mr. Colbert is mentioned within a sentence of the word. 

(noun) : The quality of stating what one wishes or feels to be true instead of what is actually true. 

(noun) : truth level of a statement.