- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The word usage mavens at Merriam-Webster named their word of the year Tuesday: “ism.” Yes, as in “ism,” the suffix. A group of seven words that end in “ism” were the most looked-up terms during the whole year, the organization found. One in particular sparked the most hubbub:

“Curiosity about this year’s top word, socialism, has been especially intense this year,” reported Merriam-Webster editor Peter Sokolowski in a note explaining the selection, noting that the term’s popularity has increased by 169 percent in the last year.

“Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders calls himself a ‘democratic socialist,’ and the word spiked in the summer when large crowds showed up at multi-city rallies organized through social media, and again after the first Democratic debate in October.”

And the rest of the most popular “ism” words? They were fascism, followed by racism, feminism, communism, capitalism and terrorism. See the run-down and the runners-up here

Massachusetts-based Merriam-Webster, incidentally, was founded in 1831 and has been producing the nation’s dictionaries since 1847.

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