It’s that time of year again: as 2013 comes to a close, we start to reflect on the year as a whole. In the coming weeks, we’ll feature neologisms, trending words that increased in look-up volume, and more.
But what word best embodies this year? Can any one word sum up the significant events and feelings that marked 2013?
This year we’re considering a few major influences in language use, such as flashpoints in the political landscape, innovations in technology, and trends in pop culture. Edward Snowden’s disclosure of top-secret government documents earlier this year put terms like surveillance and transparency at the top of mind, but strange new coinages like listicle, cronut, and binge-watch have also garnered attention. Of course there’s also the massive spike in usage of the word twerk. Meanwhile in technology, bitcoin, glasshole, 3D printing, and digital detox are percolating to the top. There’s also the beleaguered term and initiative Obamacare.
Last year, the Dictionary.com Word of the Year was bluster, thanks to the politicians and the weather.
We will announce the 2013 Word of the Year soon, but what do you think the 2013 Word of the Year should be? And why?