“Bailout” was looked up so often at Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary site that the publisher named it the 2008 Word of the Year. Defined as “a rescue from financial distress,” “bailout” prompted hundreds of thousands of online lookups within just a few weeks. John Morse, Merriam-Webster’s president and publisher, told the Associated Press that those who looked it up also seemed to want to know whether it had negative nuances or suggested irresponsibility or blame.

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“What the Bailout Bill Means to Homeowners, Including Green Incentives”

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