The results are in: Merriam Webster‘s Word of the Year for 2016 is surreal. Yep, that pretty much sums up what happened over the past 365 days.
surreal, adjective: marked by the intense irrational reality of a dream
Searches for the word first spiked following the Brussels terror attacks in March, then again after the terrorist attacks in Nice and the coup attempt in Turkey. However, the largest search for the word happened after the U.S. election in November, obviously.
Typically, the word is looked up after moments of surprise and/or tragedy. Other times surreal was searched this year include after Prince’s death, the Pulse shooting in Orlando and the Brexit vote. Wow, we should never talk about 2016 again.
What do you think of Merriam Webster’s word of the year?