January 18, 2022

Merriam-Webster Selects “Surreal” as the 2016 Word of Year

From The USA Today:

Online searches for the definition of “surreal” spiked after several major worldwide events this year, especially the U.S. presidential election, making it the word of the year, according to dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster.


“Spikes of interest in a word are usually triggered by a single event, so what’s truly remarkable this year about surreal is that so many different stories led people to look it up,” says Peter Sokolowski, editor at large for Merriam-Webster. “Historically, surreal has been one of the words most searched after tragedy, most notably in the days following 9/11, but it was associated with a wide variety of stories this year.”

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Additional Resources (via M-W.com)

2016 Word of the Year: Behind the Scenes (VIDEO)

In-depth Look at Surreal

Gallery of Top Trending Words From 2016

See Also: Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2016 is “Post-Truth”

See Also: “Paranoid” is the 2016 Cambridge Dictionary Word of the Year

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