• Aleksandra Brittain

New Year, New Words


The good folks and lexicographers at Merriam-Webster calculate interest in and impact of a given word by how often people look it up online. It’s an interesting snapshot of the decade to look back at the last ten Words of the Year, along with new terms added to the dictionary.


2010: Austerity 


2011: Pragmatic


2012: Socialism and capitalism 


2013: Science


2014: Culture 


2015: -ism (Socialism, Fascism, Racism, Feminism, Communism) 


New words from the first half of the decade: fist bump, tweet, bromance, parkour, man cave, underwater, earworm, bucket list, gastropub, twerking, hashtag, selfie, catfish, unfriend, crowdfunding, big data, emoji, net neutrality, meme, clickbait, jegging, NSFW


2016: Surreal 


2017: Feminism


2018: Justice


2019: They—gender neutral pronoun to be used in place of "he" or "she"


New words: gig economy, swole, stan, deep state, dad joke, FOMO, revenge porn, froyo, weak sauce, photobomb, listicle, facepalm, bougie, TL;DR, bingeable, airplane mode, fintech, zoodle, Latinx


Go forth into 2020 with a refreshed vocabulary, friends. And Happy New Year!

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