Word of the year: integrity

4 January 2006 at 10:28 Leave a comment

Sounds like something I would have made up: that the most looked up word at Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary was “integrity“, since it’s clear to me that almost no one knows what it means.

But perhaps they just don’t know how to spell it.

The other top ten words are nearly as revealing:

2. refugee
3. contempt
4. filibuster
5. insipid
6. tsunami
7. pandemic
8. conclave
9. levee
10. inept

Insipid and inept appealing to me, personal disasters as opposed to the natural disasters represented by tsunami, pandemic and levee.

But in any case, integrity is far from them. And they seek it.

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Entry filed under: misanthropy, reading, writing.

the Pogues Overheard IV

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What I’ve been reading:

  • James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson, L.L.D. (London, 14 King William Street, Strand: William P. Nimmo, 1876). 4 years ago
  • Marsilio Ficino, Letters of Marsilio Ficino, v. 3, trans. Language Dept. School of Economic Science, London (New York: Gingko Press, 1985). 4 years ago
  • Italo Calvino, Six Memos for the Next Millennium (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1988). 4 years ago
  • Stephanie Kallos, Broken for You (New York: Grove Press, 2004). 5 years ago
  • Marsilio Ficino, Letters of Marsilio Ficino, v. 2, trans. Language Dept. School of Economic Science, London (New York: Gingko Press, 1985) 5 years ago

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I am a misanthrope. No one ever believes me, but this seems to prove my point.

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