The 10 Most Looked-Up Words Of 2012

The 10 Most Looked-Up Words Of 2012
To sign up for our daily newsletter covering the latest news, features and reviews, head HERE. For a running feed of all our stories, follow us on Twitter HERE. Or you can bookmark the Gizmodo Australia homepage to visit whenever you need a news fix.

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 (there was a Presidential 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
  • globalisation
  • 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: sergign/Shutterstock