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The 10 Most Looked Up Words of 2012

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Merriam-Webster decided to flex its mastery and importance over the English language and name the top 10 words of the year for 2012. Unsurprisingly, a lot of them are politics related (we had an election this year, didn't ya know?) but one tech word was able to sneak its way into the top 10: meme.


Officially, the word of the year anointed by the language king Merriam-Webster is actually two words: socialism and capitalism. Aw, ain't that so sweet. Like two peas in a pod. Or like peanut butter and jelly. or hamburgers and fries. Whatever. The rest of the top 10 most looked up words (in alphabetical order) are:

  • bigot
  • democracy
  • globalization
  • marriage
  • meme
  • professionalism
  • schadenfreude
  • touche

I'm kind of disappointed in some of those that cracked the list. Couldn't we have sneaked in sext or something? [CBS News, The Atlantic Wire, Image Credit: sergign/Shutterstock]

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Why are we still asking Merriam-Webster stuff? Hasn't google made them/it irrelevant by now? I guarente more people just google search a word to find the dictionary definition than use a dictionary or an online dictionary (like M&W). I mean google gives you the definition of the word and search results... also I don't believe this list is accurate or Porn and Boobs should have been at least in the top 10 results this is the internet after all.

Side note, good for a post on about the dictionary; do you put your punctuations before or after citations? Example do I type: dictionary. (like M&W)

or dictionary (like M&W).

or dictionary(like M&W).

I have seen arguments for both sides and no one seems to have an answer. I think you put it after to include it with the original thought, but that is just my take on it.