Dec. 2, 2009 — -- We're beyond just thinking about Tiger Woods' accident or affairs. Now, we're hanging on a single word in his explanation, it seems.
Woods' apology to his family and his regret over his "transgressions" have gone "volcanic," according to Google Trends.
"I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart," Woods began his statement of apology. "I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves."
(Read: Tiger Woods' Full Statement: Apology Addressing Family, Accident)
America's most successful golfer has dominated Web searches for days now. Tuesday's top search term was "Jaimee Grubbs," Woods' alleged mistress, on Google and Yahoo.
But after Woods' statement, the word "transgressions," by itself, topped Google Trends' most-searched terms.
Even after falling to number two behind "tiger woods affairs voicemail," this afternoon, "transgressions" still was classified by Google as "volcanic."
Evidently, after days of silence, the golfer's apology has many Web surfers looking up the definition of the word "transgressions." There are several connotations such as a violation of faith (most commonly biblical), the law or a social norm.
Perhaps contributing to the buzz around the world, the hosts of ABC's "The View" today took up the subject of "transgressions," and noted that Woods could have been referring to a broad range of behavior.
Whoopi Goldberg said that just because a famous person may be seen as a role model in the public eye doesn't mean that he or she is Jesus Christ.
Even so, Woods may be feeling publicly pierced for his own transgressions.
Find out the hot searches of Google, Yahoo and Bing for 2009.