From Obamacare to Octomom, 2009 has been a great year for juicy cocktail chatter. America inaugurated its first African-American president, prepared to pull out of Iraq, became more deeply entrenched in Afghanistan, girded against the H1N1 flu virus, mourned the deaths at Fort Hood, cheered or bemoaned Sarah Palin's enduring presence, fretted over climate change, tsk-tsked at the Gosselins, and held contentious tea parties. With a list of notable events this long, Slate needs your help to rank the most important happenings of 2009.
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It spreads slowly.
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Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.