December 30, 2013
Merriam Webster says “science” looked up 176% more in 2013 than 2012. Turns out it’s relevant. http://t.co/on5x2e9jl6
— NRDC Science (@NRDCscience) December 3, 2013
NOTE: Link in the above tweet is no longer valid. This link will take you to the article in SF Gate.
The dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster determined that “science” is the word of the year for 2013, beating out other contenders such as “communication,” “ethic,” and “integrity” (see article on the Merriam-Webster website). How did science rise to the top? Merriam-Webster made this determination by “analyzing the top lookups in the online dictionary at Merriam-Webster.com and focusing on the words that showed the greatest increase in lookups this year as compared to last year.” Interestingly, if you look at their top 10 list, the words are not new words but ones that came up quite frequently in the news this past year, what they are calling “the words behind the headlines.”
So make note… all those words you look up in online dictionaries become contenders for word of the year! It is nice to know that more and more people are looking up the word “science” – now if we can only get the Google autocomplete to come up with better suggestions for “science is…” (in addition, see my post on “Scientists are…”).