On this last day of 2009, I asked people on Facebook and Twitter to summarize 2009 in a single word. I received around 5,000 replies in just a few hours. Not surprisingly, the words used were generally more negative than positive, but we did receive quite a range of them nonetheless.
As I often like to do when getting a random sampling of words, I ran them through the tag cloud generator Wordle. You can see the results in the above picture. If you'd like to get a closer look at all the words, check out the full-size image on the Wordle Web site.