The 10 Most Looked Up Words of 2012

By Casey Chan on at

Merriam-Webster decided to flex its mastery and importance over the English language and name the top 10 words of the year for 2012. Unsurprisingly, a lot of them are politics related (bigot anyone?), but one tech word was able to sneak its way into the top 10: meme.

Officially, the word of the year anointed by the language king Merriam-Webster is actually two words: socialism and capitalism. Aw, ain't that so sweet. Like two peas in a pod. Or like strawberries and cream. Or hamburgers and chips. Whatever. The rest of the top 10 most looked up words (in alphabetical order) are:

  • - bigot
  • - democracy
  • - globalisation
  • - marriage
  • - meme
  • - professionalism
  • - schadenfreude
  • - touché

I'm kind of disappointed in some of those that cracked the list. Couldn't we have sneaked in sext or something? [CBS News, The Atlantic Wire, Image Credit: sergign/Shutterstock]