“Capitalism” and “socialism”
(CBS News) Since 2003, Merriam-Webster dictionary has released a “Top Ten Words of the Year” list and 2012 marks the first time that America’s oldest dictionary has identified a pairing of two words as the the official “Word of the Year.”
Merriam-Webster’s editor-at-large, Peter Sokolowski, announced the words of the year Wednesday on “CBS This Morning,.”
Sokolowski announced that this year, Merriam-Webster broke with precedent and chose two words together, or as he said “a pairing of a kind.” The 2012 words of the year are socialism and capitalism, words “that trended together, that show that when one was looked up, so was the other,” Sokolowski said, explaining the choice.
“Capitalism” and “socialism” were looked up frequently together, particularly “whenever discussions of healthcare were in the use and also of course during the last stages of the election,” he added.
The Merriam-Webster website gets up to 100 million pageviews on a monthly basis and they choose the
“Word of the Year,” by taking a “quantitative measure of how many times certain words are looked up.” READ MORE