by Lauren Gard
If you could pick just one word to characterize 2006, what would it be? Don't tell us-tell the folks at Merriam-Webster online, whose annual list of the most searched-for words in the English language is being tweaked this year to allow readers to submit their own ideas. It's our chance to put the East Bay on the map, so think local.
Perhaps a homegrown word like thizzin or hyphy deserves to win. Although with the total number of Oakland homicides at 139 following some gruesome killings over the long holiday weekend- including a trio of family members killed in North Oakland while eating Thanksgiving dinner - it looks like murder may be our best bet.