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Encyclopedia > Word of the Year

According to its web site, the American Dialect Society, founded in 1889, "is dedicated to the study of the English language in North America, and of other languages, or dialects of other languages, influencing it or influenced by it."

Words of the year

Since 1991, the society has designated one or more words to be the "word of the year," the year's most important word or expression in public discussion. They have been: 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

The society also selects words in other categories that vary from year to year, such as Most Unnecessary, Most Outrageous, and Most Likely to Succeed. The information highway is a term used, especially in the 1990s to describe the Internet. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Morphing is a special effect used in motion pictures and animations. ... Graphic representation of the world wide web around Wikipedia The World Wide Web (WWW, or simply Web) is an information space in which the items of interest, referred to as resources, are identified by global identifiers called Uniform Resource Identifiers (URI). ... Newt Gingrich Newton Leroy Gingrich (born June 17, 1943) is an American politician who is best-known as the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. ... Soccer moms (usually plural) is a term which is used in United States political discourse in reference to college-educated, upper middle class, suburban, predominantly white women with school-age children who tend to vote for the Democratic Party. ... The year 2000 problem (also known as the Y2K problem and the millennium bug) was a flaw in computer program design that caused some date-related processing to operate incorrectly for dates and times on and after January 1, 2000. ... 2000 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The September 11, 2001 attacks were a series of coordinated terrorist attacks carried out in the United States on September 11, 2001. ... Weapons of mass destruction (WMD) are weapons designed to kill large numbers of people, typically targeting civilians and military personnel alike. ... Metrosexual, a portmanteau combining metropolitan and sexual, was first used in 1994 by British journalist Mark Simpson, who coined metrosexual (and its noun, metrosexuality) to refer to an urban male of any sexual orientation who has a strong aesthetic sense and spends a great deal of time and money on...

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  Results from FactBites:
BBC NEWS | Technology | 'Blog' picked as word of the year (677 words)
Other words on the Merriam-Webster list were associated with major news events such as the US presidential election or natural disasters that hit the US.
Its list of most looked-up words is drawn up every year and it discounts terms such as swear words, that everyone likes to look up, or those that always cause problems, such as "affect" and "effect".
Words such as "incumbent", "electoral" and "partisan" reflected the scale of interest in the vote.
Months of the Year Word Search (64 words)
Each word on the list is hidden in the pool of letters.
To circle a discovered word, mouse-click on one end of the word and mouse-drag to the other end of the word.
Words may be hidden horizontally, vertically, diagonally, forward, or backward.
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