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I gotta give this one to Haskell. I find the language fascinating, and though it's still difficult for me to use, I have written some useful things in it (a Javadoc parser, for example). But the real reason I have to vote for Haskell is because I've seen its popularity just explode this year. And now there's an O'Reilly book on it too, so I'm sure that will only help keep the trend alive.
For myself, where I improved the most this last year was learning Lisp. I did more Lisp coding than I've ever done before, so I feel like I've learned a lot more about it. I don't have a lot of opportunity to use it at work or anything, but for personal use it's cool.
This year so far is looking like Tcl. I wrote up a complicated script at work in roughly three hours, just giving the language a shot without really expecting anything, but it was awesome. Definitely will be getting to know it better...
Fascinating how many people mention Groovy. I always had the impression that Groovy was kind of supposed to take over Java but then kind of fell into obscurity and never did. I hadn't paid it much mind before, but with as many people citing it in this thread, I'll have to take a look.
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Ruby! It's not just the language of web app (Ruby on Rails, Merb, Sinatra, etc.) developers, it's also the language of the SysAdmins (Rake, Thor, Capistrano, Puppet, Chef) and perhaps the language on the cloud too.