A Sign of the Times: Capitalism and Socialism Are 2012′s Most Searched Words
The results are in! Merriam-Webster, after having looked at their aggregate word research data, have announced that the most looked-up words on their website for 2012 are "socialism" and "capitalism." Going by the knowledge that we're living in a tenuous economy that can go down the proverbial toilet at any given time, and the fact that they're the two most common buzzwords used by those fear-mongering talking heads on the nightly news, is it really a surprise that socialism and capitalism are the words of the year? Maybe not, but Merriam-Webster editor-at-large Peter Sokolowski has a pretty good hypothesis as to why people were eager to learn the meaning behind these feuding ideologies.Read on...
Merriam-Webster Inducts “F-bomb,” “Sexting,” “Man Cave,” and Others Into the 2012 Dictionary
It's that time of the year when people who have say over such things get to decide when words we've been using for ages become real, legitimate dictionary words. That happens more than once, actually, since there are more than one legitimate dictionary, but this time around we get to see what Merriam-Webster officially considers a word. The list of words will be included in the 2012 update of the Merrian-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, and it includes a hefty amount of casual slang, from "man cave," to "sexting," to "f-bomb." That's right, "f-bomb" is now a legitimate word, and you can drop them into messages while sexting from your man cave and Merriam-Webster will have your back if anyone calls your use of illegitimate words into question.Read on...