Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year Is...
Let's just say it's a pragmatic choice
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 15, 2011 6:50 AM CST
A pencil points out "Pragmatic", Merriam-Webster's annual word of the year in Boston, Wednesday Dec. 14, 2011.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

(Newser) – Merriam-Webster’s word of the year—pragmatic—may not be exciting, but at least it’s slightly less depressing than last year’s word, austerity. The editors chose the word because it was looked up so often on its online dictionary, particularly before August’s debt ceiling vote and during the congressional supercommittee’s meetings. For those who didn't get around to looking it up, the adjective means practical and logical, the AP notes. Some may have expected “occupy” to win, but it was not searched for as often; it may, however, still end up as the American Dialect Society's Word of the Year

“‘Pragmatic' is a word that describes a kind of quality that people value in themselves but also look for in others, and look for in policymakers and the activities of people around them," explains the president and publisher. Austerity did make this year’s list as well. The rest: ambivalence, insidious, didactic, diversity, capitalism, socialism, vitriol, and "apres moi le deluge,” a quote attributed to King Louis XV of France that means, "After me, the flood," and refers to people who don’t care what happens after they’re gone. Click to see last year’s list.

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JamaicaJim
Dec 16, 2011 12:31 PM CST
meat-popsicle was my choice...then I found out they would not take hyphenated words. DAMN the luck!
PadrePio
Dec 15, 2011 11:58 AM CST
I voted for douche-nozzle
JoeQ
Dec 15, 2011 11:49 AM CST
People who look up praguematic need to czech their spelling.