Thats why its been chosen Top Word of 2005, by the Lexiteria, a customer dictionary and word list creator, beating out words like hurricane dumpster-diving, and vegan.
Company president Dr. Robert Beard says pandemic has been around for a while but became the word because it applied to so many events hurricanes, terrorism and avian flu.
In fact, Beard believes it has replaced the less specific term epidemic among journalists.
Beard says the other words had merit but believes in being conservative about word selection and he has good reason. A few years back The Lexiteria ranked bling bling as one of its top words and now its falling out of usage.
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