In the past two years, has there been enough change? Has there been too much? Here's an excerpt from our release that year that gives a pretty good explanation for our choice:
Meanwhile, many Americans continue to face change in their homes, bank accounts and jobs. If we do, then we are all complicit. From the pervading sense of vulnerability surrounding Ebola to the visibility into acts of crime or misconduct that ignited critical conversations about race, gender, and violence, various senses of exposure were out in the open this year.
Tergiversate means "to change repeatedly one's attitude or opinions with respect to a cause, subject, etc. Our choice for Word of the Year is as much about what is visible as it is about what is not. Tergiversate This rare word was chosen to represent because it described so much of the world around us.
Privacy We got serious in Bluster In a year known for the Occupy movement and what became known as the Arab Spring, our lexicographers chose bluster as their Word of the Year for
If we do, then we are all complicit. Xenophobia In , we selected xenophobia as our Word of the Year.
Things don't get less serious in
Xenophobia In , we selected xenophobia as our Word of the Year.