Merriam-Webster names ‘culture’ word of the year

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SPRINGFIELD, MA –  Words of the year are kinda like karma chameleons, they come and go.

And this latest pretender to the crown comes from the fine folks at Merriam Webster online dictionary.

“Culture" is the 2014 Word of the Year.

The word has many definitions in the English language, and was chosen because of how often people looked it up.

The dictionary folks who track these things say "culture” is a chameleon that takes on different meanings when paired with other words to form phrases like “consumer culture” when talking about buying habits, or “rape culture” when talking about sexual assaults on college campuses.

Then there’s the culture associated with knowing to use the salad fork when eating a salad, or the culture grown in a laboratory to find out why that salad made you sick.

Nostalgia was the second most-searched word, partly because of the nostalgia surrounding the 50th anniversary of the Beatles arriving in America.

Insidious, legacy, feminism, and je ne sai quoi, were next in line, as in, “Our culture longed for the nostalgia of the insidious legacy of feminism’s je ne sai quoi. “

Hey, if you don’t know what it means, look it up.

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