'Feminism' is Merriam-Webster's word of the year

Shobhit Kalra

Shobhit KalraBy Shobhit Kalra

Published on 13 Dec 2017 4:36 AM GMT

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New York: 'Feminism' has been announced as 2017's word of the year by Merriam-Webster.com.

The official Twitter handler of Merriam-Webster flashed a message saying, "2017 saw both a sustained rise in 'feminism' lookups and a number of event-driven spikes. 'Feminism' is our #WordOfTheYear."

Merriam-Webster.com analysed the use of the word Feminism throughout the year before reaching to tagging it as the 'word of the year'.

Website said that the term Feminism spiked at several key moments throughout the year, beginning with the Women's March on Washington, DC in January – as well as other related marches held simultaneously around the globe.

This was the year when 'MeToo' became a symbolic movement against sexual misconduct or harassment by men in America.

"'Feminism' was looked up 70% more in 2017 than in 2016. And it was looked up a ton in 2016," the Merriam-Webster Twitter account tweeted.

Other highly searched words on Merriam-Webster.com include "recuse," "empathy," "dotard," "syzygy" and "gyro."

Shobhit Kalra

Shobhit Kalra

Writer has 10 years of experience in digital media. Presently working as Chief Sub Editor at newstrack.com. An avid reader and always willing to learn new things and techniques.

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