Merriam-Webster has revealed “feminism” as its word of the year for 2017. (Photo: Peter Morgan/AP)
American dictionary company Merriam-Webster has revealed "feminism" as its word of the year for 2017.
Company lexicographer and editor-at-large Peter Sokolowski says the word hung in the air throughout the year.
It saw a 70 percent increase in look-ups over 2016 on merriam-webster.com and experienced a major spike around the Women’s March in January.
Merriam-Webster has revealed that it had nine runners-up, including "complicit," which means "helping to commit crime," driven, reportedly, by politics; "recuse," in reference to US Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Russia investigation; "empathy" was one of the top lookups for no apparent reason; "dotard" – a long-forgotten word, which went viral after North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un called Trump "a mentally deranged US dotard," "syzygy" is defined as "the nearly straight-line configuration of three celestial bodies (such as the sun, moon, and earth during a solar or lunar eclipse) in a gravitational system", and spiked after the supermoon; "gyro" got popular after the song called "I don’t know how to pronounce Gyro" aired on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, and means "a sandwich especially of lamb and beef, vegetables and yogurt sauce on pita bread;" "federalism" entered the top searches after debates over the Affordable Care Act in Congress; "hurricane" – as terrifying storms were battering the islands, and, finally "gaffe," which spiked following a very awkward moment at the Oscars when a movie was mistakenly announced as the best picture winner.
A few days ago, Collins Dictionary also named Word of the Year for 2017 -- The term“fake news.”Usage of the term - which has often been used by US President Donald Trump - has risen by 365 percent since 2016.
Defined as “false, often sensational, information disseminated under the guise of news reporting,”"fake news” will now be added to the next print edition of Collins Dictionary.