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‘Science’ says ‘selfie’ isn’t Word of the Year

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Dec
2013

While Oxford Dictionarys Word of the Year choices often appear to be intentionally buzzy — be it podcast, the verb GIF, or this years selection of selfie — Merriam-Webster has turned to statistics to determine its Word of the Year, removing an editorial hand from the selection. That process makes 2013s Word of the Year a fairly fitting winner: science. Science may seem like an odd candidate, but Websters editor-at-large, Peter Sokolowski, suggests in a statement that it was relevant to this years news, A wide variety of discussions centered on science this year, from climate change to educational policy.

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