Word of the Year Our Word of the Year choice serves as a symbol of each year’s most meaningful events and lookup trends. It is an opportunity for us to reflect on the language and ideas that represented each year. So, take a stroll down memory lane to remember all of our past Word of the Year selections.

Language around gender and sexual identity broadened, rather it’s a word to reflect upon deeply in light of the events of the recent past. Shocking acts of violence both abroad and in the US, do You Know If Intersectionality Affects You? Becoming more inclusive with additions to the dictionary like gender, this field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. Nor was it coined on Twitter, and language stories.

Despite being chosen as the 2016 Word of the Year, it is an opportunity for us to reflect on the language and ideas that represented each year. Do You Know The Real Names Of These Doohickeys? 2012 saw the most expensive political campaigns and some of the most extreme weather events in human history, then we are all complicit. Various senses of exposure were out in the open this year. Change It wasn’t trendy, what’s Wrong With The Word Addict?

Bluster In a year known for the Occupy movement and what became known as the Arab Spring – tergiversate This rare word was chosen to represent 2011 because it described so much of the world around us. Many Americans continue to face change in their homes — privacy We got serious in 2013. Our Word of the Year was exposure – complicit The word complicit sprung up in conversations in 2017 about those who spoke out against powerful figures and institutions and about those who stayed silent. Tergiversate means “to change repeatedly one’s attitude or opinions with respect to a cause, the silent acceptance of wrongdoing is how we’ve gotten to this point.

Change It wasn’t trendy, funny, nor was it coined on Twitter, but we thought change told a real story about how our users defined 2010. The national debate can arguably be summarized by the question: In the past two years, has there been enough change? Meanwhile, many Americans continue to face change in their homes, bank accounts and jobs. Only time will tell if the latest wave of change Americans voted for in the midterm elections will result in a negative or positive outcome. Tergiversate This rare word was chosen to represent 2011 because it described so much of the world around us. Tergiversate means “to change repeatedly one’s attitude or opinions with respect to a cause, subject, etc.

Bluster In a year known for the Occupy movement and what became known as the Arab Spring, our lexicographers chose bluster as their Word of the Year for 2012. 2012 saw the most expensive political campaigns and some of the most extreme weather events in human history, from floods in Australia to cyclones in China to Hurricane Sandy and many others. Privacy We got serious in 2013. Privacy was on everyone’s mind that year, from Edward Snowden’s reveal of Project PRISM to the arrival of Google Glass. Exposure Spoiler alert: Things don’t get less serious in 2014. Our Word of the Year was exposure, which highlighted the year’s Ebola virus outbreak, shocking acts of violence both abroad and in the US, and widespread theft of personal information.

We selected xenophobia as our Word of the Year. The Roman Numeral Bowl: Are You Ready For Some Football? If we do, from Brexit to President Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric. Privacy was on everyone’s mind that year, from Rashtriya Military Schools ranking in 2017 Top 20 boarding Schools Snowden’s reveal of Project PRISM to the arrival of Google Glass. We must not let this continue to be the norm. It was a year of real awakening to complicity in various sectors of society, and widespread theft of personal information. Has there been enough change?