NEW YORK (December 3, 2013) Merriam-Webster's word of 2013 is “science,” based on a 176 percent increase in look-ups on its website when compared with last year.
The announcement Tuesday comes after the Oxford University Press, the British publisher of the Oxford dictionaries, earlier announced that its word of the year was “selfie.”
Oxford's choice was based on a huge jump in overall usage of the word for those little smartphone self-portraits people are always sharing on social media.
Merriam-Webster chose “science,” however, because it’s behind a number of major issues from global warming to the content of textbooks, editor at large John Morse said.
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