The Year in Words


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pedWSC9WXaA2013: The Year in Words
Defining Moments: In politics, culture, sports and more, these words spiked in lookups because of events in the news.

Source: merriam-webster.com

January 3: “Pyrrhic”
When the last-minute fiscal cliff deal was compared to a battle …

January 11: “Militia”
As the wording of the Second Amendment came under …

January 15: “Contrite”
In discussions about Lance Armstrong’s apology …

January 21: “Inauguration”
When President Obama was sworn in for his second term …

January 31: “Ambergris”
After a man struck it rich by finding a lump of whale vomit …

February 4: “Plantagenet”
When the skeleton of King Richard III was discovered under …

February 14: “Love”
One of the most commented-upon words in the dictionary …

February 17: “Dowager”
A fictional dowager gained considerable media attention …

February 26: “Emeritus”
The Vatican announced that the new title for retiring …

March 7: “Filibuster”
Senator Rand Paul delivered a marathon speech to delay …

March 11: “Capricious”
When a New York judge blocked a proposed ban on sugary …

March 20: “Vernal”
As spring began, as always on a day of “equal night” …

March 26: “Marriage”
As the Supreme Court heard arguments about gay …

March 30: “Bellicose”
When North Korea announced that it was aiming rockets at …

April 9: “Diaphanous”
After the pop star Shakira used it to praise a contestant …

April 15: “Surreal”
In some of the coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings …

April 19: “Ethereal”
When NASA released a new photo of the Horsehead Nebula …

May 1: “Abattoir”
After an article about Brooklyn provoked a backlash …

May 8: “Ditat Deus”
From the Arizona state seal in the murder trial of …

May 14: “Androgynous”
In a magazine profile, the actress Zoe Saldana said …

May 22: “Privilege”
During a congressional hearing about the IRS targeting …

May 30: “Knaidel”
After it was spelled correctly to win the National Spelling Bee …

June 5: “Indemnify”
Major League Baseball offered to drop a lawsuit and …

June 10: “Maverick”
When a new operating system was previewed …

June 14: “Valid”
When a happy little song got dragged into court …

June 26: “Argle-bargle”
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that DOMA was …

July 3: “Kafkaesque”
On the 130th anniversary of Franz Kafka’s birth …

July 4: “Coup d’état”
U.S. policy in Egypt depends on the meaning …

July 15: “Pariah”
After the controversial not guilty verdict in the …

July 24: “Moniker”
Around the announcement of the Royal Baby’s name …

July 26: “Esoteric”
After Chris Christie called criticisms of surveillance …

August 1: “Asylum”
After Russia granted asylum to Edward Snowden …

August 12: “Literally”
When a Reddit user posted a dictionary definition of …

August 20: “Louche”
In an obituary for crime novelist Elmore Leonard …

August 28: “Rhetoric”
Two major new stories – the crisis in Syria and the …

September 5: “Casus Belli”
During debates over whether the U.S. should conduct …

September 11: “Hero”
In many commemorations of the 9/11 attack …

September 19: “Curio”
A mispronunciation that may have cost $1,000,000 …

September 25: “Conjugate”
When Samuel Jackson discussed the “grammar police” …

October 1: “Furlough”
With the shutdown of the U.S. government …

October 8: “Nihilism”
A mock debate on The Daily Show between …

October 17: “Pyrrhic”
When a last-minute funding bill ended the shutdown …

October 23: “Vacuous”
After a member of President Obama’s staff was fired …

October 31: “Redskin”
With the ongoing debate over the NFL team’s name …

November 8: “Typhoon”
When one of the most powerful storms on record struck …

November 14: “Contrite”
In reports on President Obama’s press conference about …

November 21: “Squinch”
A viral video suggested how to look better in photos …

November 26: “Cornucopia”
From a Greek legend to a symbol of holiday abundance …

December 5: “Apartheid”
A word Nelson Mandela helped turn into a synonym for …

December 11: “Intransigence”
As Congress passed a bipartisan budget deal, numerous …

December 16: “Metaphor”
As students prepare for exams at the end of the semester …

December 27: “Gossamer”
A federal judge ruled that NSA collection of telephone …
More Defining Moments: Revisit The Year in Words 2012 and The Year in Words 2011.

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