Why 'Culture' Is Merriam-Webster's Word Of The Year
Merriam-Webster says "culture" is the word of the year, but Oxford and Dictionary.com beg to differ. Why is "culture" such a big deal in 2014?By Matt Picht | December 15, 2014
Merriam-Webster has crowned the word "culture" its 2014 Word of the Year. And after 100,000+ years of development, it's nice to see the abstract concept finally getting the recognition it deserves.
Each year since 2003, the dictionary has released a Top Ten Words of the Year list. This year, culture topped the chart ahead of nostalgia, insidious and legacy.
The editors noted the word culture "allows us to identify and isolate an idea, issue, or group," a versatility which led to it "appearing in headlines and analyses across a wide swath of topics."