facebook
twitter
search
search

'Socialism,' 'capitalism' top 2012 words

Dec. 5, 2012 at 4:49 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Massachusetts-based dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster chose "socialism" and "capitalism" as the top words of the year.

The publisher said the words share the top spot on the list of the top 10 words of 2012 due to their heavy usage during discussions and debates about the U.S. presidential election.

"We saw a huge spike for socialism on Election Day itself but interest in both words was very high all year," said Peter Sokolowski, editor at large at Merriam-Webster. "Lookups of one word often led to lookups of the other."

Other words making the list include "meme," which Sokolowski described as "the noun form of the adjective viral" when discussing Internet trends, and "touche," which the dictionary said one uses "to admit that someone has made a clever or effective point in an argument."

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Hammerhead shark bumps boat motor off Florida coast
Tourist's Brooklyn Bridge climb selfie sparks security questions
Vlogger shoots iPhones to determine bullet-stopping capabilities
74.8-inch Illinois cow posthumously named tallest ever by Guinness
Milwaukee museum to show Pope Benedict portrait made from condoms