MERRIAM-WEBSTER NAMES ‘CULTURE’ THE WORD OF THE YEAR

December 16, 2014

What word did you overuse this year? Merriam-Webster has named “culture” the word of 2014. It joins Oxford Dictionaries “vape,” and Dictionary.com’s “exposure.”

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Merriam-Webster says it based its winner and nine runners-up on increases in lookups this year on its website, as well as notable spikes of concentrated interest.

Peter Sokolowski, editor at Merriam-Webster says, “We’re simply using the word culture more frequently. It may be a fad. It may not. It may simply be evolution.”

Runner-up words include: nostalgia, insidious, legacy, feminism and je ne sais quoi.

Story photo: Dawn Endico

Featured photo: AP Photo/Richard Drew

 

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