2018 Word of the Year

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2018 Word of the Year

Post by Ken Greenwald » Tue Dec 18, 2018 4:39 am

Based on the number of look-ups on their online websites the following dictionaries came up with their Word of Year .
<Merriam-Webster’s 2018 Word of the Year is ”justice,” which saw a 74% increase in look-ups from 2017. The dictionary noted that the Mueller investigation led to frequent headlines about the Justice Department, while Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to become Supreme Court justice also transfixed the country. More broadly, “The concept of justice was at the center of many of our national debates in the past year: racial justice, social justice, criminal justice, economic justice.”

Other dictionaries have also picked their Word of the Year:

Oxford Dictionaries: “toxic” (used to describe health hazards but also rhetoric, masculinity, and workplace environments)

Dictionary.com: "misinformation" (the unwitting spread of fake news and falsehoods)

Cambridge Dictionary: “nomophobia” (fear of being away from one’s cellphone, i.e., no-mobile phobia)

As reported by Fareed Zakaria in his December 17, 2018 Fareed's Global Briefing [CNN]>
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Ken Greenwald – December 17, 2018
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Re: 2018 Word of the Year

Post by trolley » Tue Dec 18, 2018 5:33 am

What are they building, in there?
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Re: 2018 Word of the Year

Post by gdwdwrkr » Tue Dec 18, 2018 1:25 pm

Lord give us wisdom by which we differentiate between mis- and disinformation.
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Re: 2018 Word of the Year

Post by Erik_Kowal » Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:19 pm

gdwdwrkr wrote:
Tue Dec 18, 2018 1:25 pm
Lord give us wisdom by which we differentiate between mis- and disinformation.
If misinformation is the dissemination of fake news and falsehoods by people who believe them to be accurate, then disinformation is the dissemination of fake news and falsehoods by people who know they are untrue.

(From the perspective of a person consuming either type of false information, more often than not this amounts to a distinction without a difference.)

That's my take on it, anyway.
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Re: 2018 Word of the Year

Post by gdwdwrkr » Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:10 pm

That's how I see it.
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