Springfield, Massachusetts-based Merriam-Webster compiles the list each year by taking the most researched words on its Web sites and then excluding perennials such as affect/effect and profanity.
The company said most online dictionary queries were for uncommon terms, but people also turned to its Web sites for words in news headlines.
And the number one word is . . . “blog.”
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
Cicada was number 6.