January 03, 2013

WOTY: Merriam-Webster

Remember, Merriam-Webster's "word of the year" is the most-looked up word in their online dictionary. This year, an interesting pair emerged: Socialism and capitalism!
Traffic for the unlikely pair on the company's website about doubled this year from the year before as the health care debate heated up and discussion intensified over "American capitalism" versus "European socialism," said the editor at large, Peter Sokolowski.
Other words in the top ten included democracy, globalization, marriage and bigot. Interesting how one can weave a story with just those four words! (And in case you're wondering, the definition for "marriage" given by M-W is 
the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law (2) the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage.)

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