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And Merriam-Webster's 2014 Word of the Year is…

And Merriam-Webster's 2014 Word of the Year is…
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Since 2003, Merriam-Webster has released its top 10 list for words of the year. But don't worry, they don't include these terms from the Oxford Dictionary that will make you shake your head.

Merriam-Webster didn't select words like 2013's winner 404, selfie, vape, YOLO or emoji. In fact, all of the top words from the year are actual English words!

And with that, I present you Merriam-Webster's Top Ten words for 2014. Drum roll please!

  1. Culture
  2. Nostalgia
  3. Insidious
  4. Legacy
  5. Feminism
  6. Je ne sais quoi
  7. Innovation
  8. Surreptitious
  9. Autonomy
  10. Morbidity

Yes, "culture" is the word of the year. It was selected because:

"This year, the use of the word 'culture' to define ideas in this way has moved from the classroom syllabus to the conversation at large, appearing in headlines and analyses across a wide swath of topics."

Talk about a breath of fresh air.

Want to know more about the words on Merriam-Webster's list? Click here for all the words' definitions and the reasons they were selected.

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