And Merriam-Webster's 2013 Word Of The Year Is....

December 3, 2013


Science. Science is the word of the year. How did they choose it? I'm not sure, but probably not out of a hat like my parents named me (my name is L/XL, Made In Indonesia). figuring out which of their most popular words experienced the biggest spike in lookups this year, the editors based in Springfield, Mass., settled on a winner: science.

That choice may seem quotidian next to Oxford's buzzworthy selection, selfie, but the editors argue that their word embodies the culture of 2013 in its own way. "Our data shows ... that many of the most looked-up words in the dictionary are words that reflect the big ideas that are lurking behind the headlines," writes Editor-at-Large Peter Sokolowski in a statement. The editors link science, a word users looked up 176% more than last year, to political discussions of climate change and education, as well as Malcolm Gladwell's latest book, criticized as a misrepresentation of science.

Well, there you have it. Definitely not what I would have chosen, but definitely not what I WOULDN'T have chosen either. Know what I'm saying? "No clue." Me neither, I'm just glad it wasn't twerking.

Thanks to E V I L A R E S, who's so evil he started a petition for 'GW gobbles donkey goobers' to be the word of the year.

Previous Post
Next Post