Merriam-Webster Expertly Sums Up 2017 With Its Word Of The Year

Merriam-Webster names 'feminism' as its word of the year

Another top trending word for 2017 was "complicit", connected to Trump's sacking of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, Russian interference in the 2016 election, and Ivanka Trump's comment that she did not know what the word meant - which was then parodied in a skit for television show "Saturday Night Live".

Feminism is the word of the year, Merriam-Webster announced Tuesday, a fitting one considering women spent 2017 marching around the globe for rights to reproductive health, equal pay and economic security and an environment free from sexual harassment.

Interest in the dictionary definition of feminism was also driven by entertainment this year: we saw increased lookups after the release of both Hulu's series The Handmaid's Tale and the film Wonder Woman.

It adds that it is also "organised activity on behalf of women's rights and interests".

According to Merriam-Webster, the word resurfaced again when Kellyanne Conway said she did not consider herself a feminist "in a classic sense".




"There's an individual feminism, if you will, that you make your own choices ..."

There was another spike when White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, the first woman to run a successful U.S. presidential campaign, said in February that she did not consider herself a feminist. Company lexicographer and editor at large, Peter Sokolowski, says the word hung in the air throughout the year.

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, Time magazine named "the Silence Breakers" - women and men who had spoken out against sexual abuse - as its "Person of the Year".

The word started trending towards the end of 2016 when Hillary Clinton's loss to President Donald Trump crescendoed into a feminist movement with the Women's March on Washington in January that spawned similar protests around the world. In this case, the definition of feminism was itself the subject of the news story-an invitation for many people to look up the word.

The word refers to someone in "a state or period of senile decay marked by decline of mental poise and alertness".

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