The entries are in and the winner has been chosen!

First, thanks to all the brave and intrepid readers who were moved by civic duty enough to read contest posts #1 and #2,  and sent in their nominations for the most objectionable word in the world.

Well, (and there’s another one, WELL!) a number of the entries were extremely objectionable. AWESOME was like a very AWESOME entry, and even writing it now bothers me. LIKE was also like a REALLY good choice for a bad word.

But basically, the judges, who went through all the entries with a fine-tooth comb that had a couple of teeth missing, basically they decided on BASICALLY.

Yes, BASICALLY. You see BASICALLY is a BASICALLY a boring word: Unnecessary and BASICALLY a pain in my you know what.

The winner is Madhu, the blogger who suggested BASICALLY as the most objectionable word in the world after a careful consideration of perhaps five minutes. Madhu, by the way, has one of the most interesting and lovely sites on WordPress. Check it out if you’ve never seen it.

Madhu wins a free copy of Up in the Bronx. Some might object that Madhu is too nice a person to receive such a prize, but basically once she receives the book she’ll just have to deal with it. Congrats Madhu and thanks to all the participants.

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