Merriam Webster — the dictionary people — have determined that “Socialism” and “capitalism” are the words of the year.
The selection is based on the number of times people searched for a word on the firm’s website. That’s odd, considering that in matters of public discourse, almost no one seems to know the actual meaning of Socialism.
Last year’s word of the year was “pragmatic.”
If you’re keeping score on these things, Dictionary.com last month selected “bluster” as its word of the year.
Oxford American Dictionary has selected “GIF” as its word of the year.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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