Why, it’s a blog, of course! Which happens to be the word most often looked up online during 2004, according to dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster. The current edition of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary doesn’t contain an entry for “blog,” but in the face of the intense public curiosity about the word, the folks at Merriam-Webster came up with one to post online:
Blog noun [short for Weblog] (1999): a Web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer
The exception here is number 10, defenestration. No, there wasn’t an outbreak this year of people throwing stuff out windows. That word apparently wormed its way into the public consciousness by winning Merriam-Webster’s 2004 “What’s Your Favorite Word” survey. As to why it achieved that honor–well, there are some questions that are beyond the powers of mere bloggers to answer.