Ivanka, Jeff Flake Uttered Dictionary.com's Word of Year
So did Scarlett Johansson
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 27, 2017 11:50 AM CST
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(Newser) – Russian election influence, the ever-widening sexual harassment scandal, mass shootings, and the opioid epidemic helped elevate the word "complicit" as Dictionary.com's word of the year for 2017. Look-ups of the word increased nearly 300% over last year as "complicit" hit just about every hot button, from politics to natural disasters, lexicographer Jane Solomon tells the AP: "This year a conversation that keeps on surfacing is what exactly it means to be complicit. Complicit has sprung up in conversations about those who speak out against powerful figures in institutions, and those who stay silent." While Solomon shared percentage increases for "complicit," the company wouldn't disclose the number of look-ups, calling that data proprietary. There were three major spikes for the word:

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