Article: The number one word of the year is ‘blog’ 😎
Boston – A four-letter term that came to symbolise the difference between old and new media during this year’s presidential campaign tops United States dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster’s list of the 10 words of the year.
Merriam-Webster said in Boston on Tuesday that blog, defined as “a website that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments and often hyperlinks”, was one of the most looked-up words on its Internet sites this year.
Eight entries on the publisher’s top-10 list related to major news events, from the presidential election – represented by words such as incumbent and partisan – to natural phenomena such as hurricane and cicada.
Springfield, Massachusetts-based Merriam-Webster compiles the list each year by taking the most researched words on its websites and then excluding perennials such as affect/effect and profanity.