STUDIO CITY (CBSLA.com) — Merriam-Webster Inc. released the Top Ten Words of the Year Wednesday, revealing the nation’s interest in the 2012 presidential election.
Socialism and capitalism tied for the top spot.
“We saw a huge spike for socialism on Election Day itself, but interest in both words was very high all year,” Editor at Large Peter Sokolowski said in a statement. “Lookups of one word often led to lookups of the other.”
The list of top words is generated based on the volume of user searches on Merriam-Webster.com.
Merriam-Webster’s Top Ten Words of the Year for 2012 are:
- socialism and capitalism