Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year Is . . . Science?
Well this certainly isn't a SEXY choice for the WORD OF THE YEAR.
Yesterday, the editors at Merriam-Webster announced that their Word of the Year for 2013 is . . . SCIENCE.
Their main definition of science is, quote, "knowledge about or study of the natural world based on facts learned through experiments and observation."
They say searches for the definition of "science" are up 176% from 2012 . . . most likely because science has been, quote, "lurking behind the headlines" this year during political debates on subjects like climate change and education.
It's also possible that in the 24-hour cable news era, where the goal is to scream the loudest and not necessarily deliver any actual news, people are hoping to cut through the noise to get to the root of what's being discussed.
Last year's Merriam-Webster Word of the Year was a tie between socialism and capitalism . . . which are also words whose definitions have been obscured by today's rhetoric. (Time / Merriam-Webster)