Merriam-Webster releases 2012 words of the year

Merriam-Webster releases 2012 words of the year

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NILES, IL - NOVEMBER 10: A Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary is displayed in a bookstore November 10, 2003 in Niles, Illinois. McDonald's said it is not happy with the word "McJob", which is defined as a dead-end job, in the new Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. Also, the fast-food giant announced that global Systemwide sales for Brand McDonald's increased 17.8 percent in October compared to October 2002. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on December 5, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Updated Saturday, Nov 9 at 6:29 AM

NEW YORK -- Thanks to the election, socialism and capitalism are forever wed as Merriam-Webster’s most looked-up words of 2012.

 

Traffic for the unlikely pair on Merriam-Webster’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.”

The choice was revealed by the dictionary’s editors Wednesday along with other top 10 picks for the year.

Also included were the election-related words democracy, globalization, marriage, bigot and “malarkey,” a term Vice President Joe Biden used in his debate with Republican Paul Ryan. Rounding out the top 10 were “meme” for the Internet phenomena that go viral, touche, schadenfreude and professional.

 

 

 

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