You may have read that Merriam Webster, the publishing company known for its popular dictionaries selected “surreal” as its word of the year for 2016. According to the company, the word had a “high volume of lookups” and a “significant year over year increase in lookups.” Merriam defines “surreal” as “marked by the intense irrational reality of a dream.” The largest spike in searches occurred after Donald Trump won the presidential election. What's interesting to note are the other times it was one of the most looked up words.
“We know something about this word,” Sokolowski said of ‘surreal.’ “It was one of the most looked-up words after 9/11 and other tragedies: the Newtown shootings, the Boston Marathon bombing and the suicide of Robin Williams. We do know this word is associated with a kind of shock, and the surprise that I think a lot of people felt the day after the election."
From “Surreal” to “Serene!”
Let’s hope that 2017 is far less “surreal” for everyone in both parties. And, in that spirit, I wish you all a very “serene” Holiday Season and Happy New Year!”
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