Merriam-Webster Names ‘Culture’ Word of The Year

According to Merriam-Webster, the word of the year is “Culture.” Like it or not, you have to agree it’s better than Oxford’s word of the year, “vape.”

“Culture is a word that we seem to be relying on more and more,” said Peter Sokolowksi, Merriam-Webster’s editor-at-large, in an announcement. “It allows us to identify and isolate an idea, issue, or group with seriousness.”

Merriam-Webster selected culture as the top dog after analyzing the top searches on its site, and then focusing on words that had shown the greatest increase since last year. Culture beat out some pretty solid words, such as “nostalgia” and “insidious,” number two and three on Merriam-Webster’s top 10 words of the year list, respectively.

Below is Merriam-Webster’s full list. “Rad” did not make the cut. Sorry.

1) Culture

2) Nostalgia

3) Insidious

4) Legacy

5) Feminism

6) Je ne sais quoi

7) Innovation

8) Surreptitious

9) Autonomy

10) Morbidity

Publish date: December 16, 2014 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT