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Merriam-Webster’s 2014 word of the year is culture. The decision was based upon lookups this year over last year on Merriam-Webster.com.

The word culture saw a 15 percent year-over-year increase from more than 100 million lookups on the website each month and a comparable number on the company’s app.

Coming in number two this year is the word nostalgia. The decision may have a lot to do with the year being a year of big 50th anniversaries including the start of the free speech movement, the passage of the Civil Rights Act, and the birth of the Ford Mustang.

Number three is insidious followed by legacy and feminism.

To find out which words rounded out the top ten click here.


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