Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year Is ... Science
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 3, 2013 7:40 AM CST
This Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 photo shows the word "science" on a page of a Merriam-Webster dictionary, in New York. "Science" is the publisher's word of the year.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

(Newser) – So, this is kind of weird: Merriam-Webster's word of the year is ... "science." And no, the publisher is not trying to make some sort of point by not choosing a word like, say, "selfie." Rather, it just looked at which words people looked up on its website, and it found there was a 176% increase in the number of times people decided to look up the definition of "science" compared to last year. Thus, "science" gets the title, the AP reports.

"The more we thought about it, the righter it seemed in that it does lurk behind a lot of big stories that we as a society are grappling with, whether it's climate change or environmental regulation, or what's in our textbooks," explains the company president. What could have been: Rounding out the Top 5 are cognitive, rapport, communication, and niche.

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Dec 3, 2013 10:19 AM CST
"Yeah! Science, B!tch!" - Jesse Pinkman
Dec 3, 2013 10:05 AM CST
Not just the idiots but the "smart" people among us should look up the word more often.
Dec 3, 2013 8:04 AM CST
Get busy Republicans! This word is an abomination to your world view. Start your letter writing campaign to your congressmen and the people at Websters to have it removed immediately!