10 words Americans learned in 2011

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Americans added 10 new words to improve their vocabularies in 2011.

Take heart if you tried to improve your vocabulary in 2011.  It was almost impossible to pay attention to the news this year without learning a new word or phrase, or perhaps learning new definitions for old standbys.  Americans can celebrate the new knowledge they acquired in 2011 with  a list of 10 words that entered the national lexicon or gained new significance over the last year.

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Painter Misspells Town’s Name On Water Tower

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A painter working on a Wisconsin water tower left behind one big typo. The mistake had Stoughton (STOH’-tuhn) residents scratching their heads. The new paint job had the town’s name without the second T. It was spelled “S-T-O-U-G-H-O-N,” rather than “S-T-O-U-G-H-T-O-N.”

It turns out a painter from Neumann Co. in Romeoville, Ill., had the correct information but simply forgot the second T when painting the 6-foot letters.

And the name was spelled right on one side of the tower. It’s just the side facing town that’s wrong…