Merriam-Webster's Word Of The Year "Surreal" Had The Biggest Spike After Trump's Win
The dictionary had appealed users to search for another word after "fascism" was its most-looked up word in November.
Merriam-Webster's 2016 word of the year was "surreal" after it became the most common lookup following major world events including the Brussels terror attack, the coup attempt in Turkey, the Nice terrorist attack and the US election.
The largest spike in lookups for "surreal" came after Donald Trump's win in the US election in November, the dictionary said.
"Surreal is often looked up spontaneously in moments of both tragedy and surprise, whether or not it is used in speech or writing," the dictionary said in a statement. "This is not surprising: we often search for just the right word to help us bring order to abstract thoughts, emotions, or reactions. Surreal seems to be, for 2016, such a word."
And most people agreed that 2016 was definitely "surreal."
The other top words of the year included:
In Omnia Paratus
Faute de Mieux