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Wed Nov 30, 2016, 09:30 AM

Merriam-Webster Issues Plea About Fascism

The good people at Merriam-Webster practically begged users to search for any word other than “fascism” so the dictionary company could avoid making it the word of 2016.

In a tweet posted Tuesday afternoon, the company said it’s on track to name fascism its word of the year. It really doesn’t want to do that.

Other dictionaries have already made their choice for word of the year. The Oxford dictionary chose “post-truth” for its word of the year and Dictionary.com chose “xenophobia.”



I just went to Merriam-Webster and searched for “Fascism”

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HAB911 Nov 2016 OP
Cha Nov 2016 #1
tanyev Nov 2016 #2
Achilleaze Nov 2016 #3
Hugin Nov 2016 #4
HAB911 Nov 2016 #5
ToxMarz Nov 2016 #6
Solly Mack Nov 2016 #7
HAB911 Dec 2016 #9
Solly Mack Dec 2016 #10
HAB911 Dec 2016 #8

Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Wed Nov 30, 2016, 09:32 AM

1. K&R Fascism is the damn word of the year

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Wed Nov 30, 2016, 09:42 AM

2. I just went and searched too.

Also 'gaslight', for which they only have a literal definition.

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Wed Nov 30, 2016, 09:46 AM

3. Republicans: But "fascism" just rolls off the tongue, and it has a nice ring to it



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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Wed Nov 30, 2016, 09:55 AM

4. I searched for "fascism" and "fascist".

Would they prefer we search for "Trump"... In the English sense?

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Response to Hugin (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 30, 2016, 10:00 AM

5. LOL, I'm thinking

someone at MW did this on purpose?!

Subversion is our future for 4 years

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Response to HAB911 (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 30, 2016, 11:20 AM

6. OK kids, don't touch the cookies I'm hiding in the top left cabinet

while Mommy and Daddy are out.

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Wed Nov 30, 2016, 11:27 AM

7. We've got post-truth and xenophobia - seems to me "fascism" fits right in

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #7)

Mon Dec 19, 2016, 10:45 AM

9. Merriam-Websters Word Of 2016: SURREAL

Merriam-Websters Word Of 2016: SURREAL

Adjective joins 'post-truth' and ' xenophobia' among lexicographers' top choices to sum up annus horribilis that brought us Brexit chaos, Donald Trump, strikes and multiple celebrity deaths

Was 2016 a dream or a nightmare?

Try something in between: “surreal,” which is US dictionary Merriam-Webster's word of the year.

Meaning “marked by the intense irrational reality of a dream,” or “unbelievable, fantastic,” the word joins Oxford's “post-truth” and Dictionary.com's “xenophobia” as the year's top choices.

“It just seems like one of those years,” said Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster's editor-at-large.

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/merriam-webster-dictionary-word-of-the-year-2016-a7484156.html

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Response to HAB911 (Reply #9)

Mon Dec 19, 2016, 11:13 AM

10. That works, too.

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Mon Dec 19, 2016, 10:41 AM

8. Merriam-Websters Word Of 2016: SURREAL

Adjective joins 'post-truth' and ' xenophobia' among lexicographers' top choices to sum up annus horribilis that brought us Brexit chaos, Donald Trump, strikes and multiple celebrity deaths

Was 2016 a dream or a nightmare?

Try something in between: “surreal,” which is US dictionary Merriam-Webster's word of the year.

Meaning “marked by the intense irrational reality of a dream,” or “unbelievable, fantastic,” the word joins Oxford's “post-truth” and Dictionary.com's “xenophobia” as the year's top choices.

“It just seems like one of those years,” said Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster's editor-at-large.

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/merriam-webster-dictionary-word-of-the-year-2016-a7484156.html

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