Merriam-Webster says the 2013 Word of the Year is . . .

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SPRINGFIELD, MA – Announcing the 2013 Merriam Webster Dictionary Word of the Year: SCIENCE.

That’s right. The dictionary gurus say science is the word. Not grease, not bird, not even selfie, which the Oxford Dictionaries crowned as their word of the year.

Merriam-Webster chose science because it had the biggest spike in online searches, up 176%.

The dictionary editors say lots of folks were talking about science this year, particularly in terms of climate change and education policy.

And in case someone asks, cognitive is the #2 word of the year. It means having to do with thinking.