Can You Guess Merriam Webster’s Word of the Year? It’s Feminism

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Word of the Year
Word of the Year

You may surprise or not but Merriam-Webster’s word of the year for 2017 is “feminism”. In 2017, feminism has widely searched and increased to 70% over 2016 on Merriam-Webster.com. Several times this word spiked after events,  lexicographer Peter Sokolowski, the company’s editor at large, told The Associated Press ahead of Tuesday’s annual word reveal.

The “Me Too movement emerged out of Harvey Weinstein’s dust and silence breakers as well have shown men of media, politics, and entertainment.

The Hero of Top 10 – Feminism:

For the last few years, this word has shared and searched along with other isms. Socialism, fascism, racism, communism, capitalism, and terrorism rounded in top 10.

However, most of the words in the English language emerged through Latin. Similarly, this word of the year. Female denotes to 14th Century English. “It was a very new word at that time,” Sokolowski said. “His definition is not the definition that you and I would understand today. His definition was, ‘The qualities of females,’ so basically, feminism to Noah Webster meant femaleness. We do see evidence that the word was used in the 19th century in a medical sense, for the physical characteristics of a developing teenager, before it was used as a political term if you will.”

Webster died in 1843 after revising the word in the American Dictionary of the English language.

Definition of Feminism:

Merriam-Webster defines this word as a theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes” and “organized activities on behalf of women’s rights and interests.”

Another meaning came up for the same word after Kellyan Convey spoke at the Conservative Political Action Committee.“It’s difficult for me to call myself a feminist in the classic sense because it seems to be very anti-male and it certainly seems to be very pro-abortion. I’m neither anti-male or pro-abortion,” she said. “There’s an individual feminism, if you will, that you make your own choices. … I look at myself as a product of my choices, not a victim of my circumstances. And to me, that’s what conservative feminism is all about.”