At the risk of sounding exactly like who we are (grumpy, old) — whatever happened to Words of The Year being words?? In November, Oxford Dictionaries chose an emoji as its Word of The Year, and now Merriam-Webster has selected a suffix—”ism”—for its top word.
Merriam-Webster chose “ism” because of the jump in searches for words with the suffix attached. Searches for “socialism,” “racism,” “feminism,” “fascism” and “terrorism” were all way up this year compared to 2014.
Let’s all agree to ignore what this bump in searches means for the country as a whole.