‘Science’ says ‘selfie’ isn’t Word of the Year

While Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year choices often appear to be intentionally buzzy — be it “podcast,” the verb “GIF,” or this year’s selection of “selfie” — Merriam-Webster has turned to statistics to determine its Word of the Year, removing an editorial hand from the selection. That process makes 2013’s Word of the Year a fairly fitting winner: science. The selection was based on the word with the greatest increase in lookups over the past year. “Science” may seem like an odd candidate, but Webster’s editor-at-large, Peter Sokolowski, suggests in a statement that it was relevant to this year’s news, “A wide variety of discussions centered on science this year, from climate change to educational policy.”

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