Merriam-Webster Announces 2021 Word of the Year

Merriam-Webster Announces 2021 Word of the Year

( – Starting in 2003 and every year thereafter, Merriam-Webster chose 10 words as its words of the year from the English language. The company announced on December 6 it chose “vaccine” as one of the most popular for 2021. Searches for this term increased by more than 600% over the last 12 months and 1,024% since 2019, launching it into one of the positions for word of the year.

Merriam-Webster not only picked the popular 2021 word but also changed its definition in May.

The company stated “vaccine” quickly became the “biggest science story of our time” as well as the biggest debate across the United States, prompting the uptick in internet searches.

Although vaccine took the top position, other words included in the list were insurrection, Meta, infrastructure, woke and cicada.

It came as no surprise the word of the year for 2020 was pandemic, with internet search traffic increasing by an incredible 115,806% in a single day following the World Health Organization’s announcement of the pandemic on March 11, 2020.

There’s no telling what the winning word will be for 2022, but the world would likely breathe a sigh of relief if the pattern of victors changes to a different subject matter.

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