‘Fascism’ is likely to be Merriam-Webster’s word of the year, but you can change that

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Many of us will remember 2016 for a few words that will forever echo somewhere in the pits of our brains. 

“Trump,” for one, but also “bigly,” “alt-right,” and others we constantly heard during the presidential election season and its aftermath. But Merriam-Webster has a less discussed word on its mind that is apparently also on the minds of many dictionary users: Fascism.

Fascism, as of Nov. 29, was Merriam-Webster’s most-looked-up word of the year, which means it’s the leading candidate for the dictionary’s annual “word of the year.”

The folks behind the Merriam-Webster Twitter account are not happy with this, and on Tuesday they tried to get followers behind a campaign to look up other words.  Read more…

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Dictionary.com’s word of the year will break your heart

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In a year in which the president-elect of the United States made severely restricting Muslim immigration and building a wall between America and Mexico primary parts of his election platform, it’s no surprise that Dictionary.com chose “xenophobia” as its word of the year.

The site defines “xenophobia” as “1.fear or hatred of foreigners, people from different cultures, or strangers; 2.fear or dislike of the customs, dress, etc., of people who are culturally different from oneself.” 

In a statement, Dictionary.com noted the underlying theme of major news stories in 2016 led to the choice of “xenophobia.” These stories included the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the Brexit vote, police shootings, Syria’s refugee crisis and transsexual rights. Read more…

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