Flood Warning: When rivers will crest and how high the water will get

Dictionary says science, not selfie, is word of the year

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.
science microscope (MGN)

(CNN) — Sorry, folks. Merriam-Webster’s word of the year is not “selfie.” And twerk is nowhere on the list, either.

Unlike the lads and ladies over at Oxford, Merriam-Webster has declared “science” its 2013 word of the year.

Its number 2 word is cognitive.

Oxford’s buzzworthy choice of “selfie” last month was a result of the word’s growing usage and digital fame. But its U.S. counterpart picked “science” primarily based on numbers on its website.

It looked at the most searched-for words on its online dictionary, Merriam-Webster.com, and also those that showed the biggest increase in the number of look-ups.

The word with the largest spike? Science. A 176% increase in look-ups, to be exact.

“A wide variety of discussions centered on science this year, from climate change to educational policy,” the dictionary editors said in a statement.

“We saw heated debates about ‘phony’ science, or whether science held all the answers. It’s a topic that has great significance for us.”

Merriam-Webster has a history of not getting too carried away by Internet memes.

Last year, Oxford American Dictionaries US pick for word of the year was “GIF” — as in a compressed file format for images.

What did Merriam-Webster go with? Socialism and capitalism.

1 Comment

  • personal loans for bad credit

    Heya excellent website! Does running a blog such as this require a large amount of work?
    I’ve virtually no expertise in computer programming however I had been hoping to start my own blog soon.
    Anyway, should you have any suggestions or techniques
    for new blog owners please share. I know this is off
    topic but I just wanted to ask. Many thanks!

Comments are closed.