word of the year
"It's probably the word by which we'll refer to this period in the future,” the dictionary's editor at large said.
The decision came after a 313% search increase on the company's website.
It beat "representation," "self-made" and "backlash" for the annual title.
Gaslighting, incel, big dick energy and overtourism all made the shortlist.
Merriam-Webster's 2017 word of the year had an overall 70 percent increase in its searches compared to the year before.
2017 has been a year of speaking out about bad behavior, silence and inaction.
(Sadly, my original link to this analysis is now locked to users without a password. However, if you google "Carolyn Jacobson
In 2015, Oxford Dictionaries (Oxford) selection for word of the year announced in October was a pictograph - officially called the "Face with Tears of Joy" emoji. Not to be outdone, in December Merriam Webster proclaimed that its word of the year for 2015, was the suffix - ism.
And the "word" isn't even a word.
Merriam-Webster’s word of the year always causes some debate, but this year’s choice isn’t even a word…it’s a suffix.