There have been a few “words of 2016” released, but now it is Merriam-Webster’s turn.
They announced based on the amount of searches and use of the word, that SURREAL is the word of 2016.
marked by the intense irrational reality of a dream; also : unbelievable, fantastic
Any time I have used the word, it has been in a positive light BUT it appears that the word spikes in popularity after very bad things happen. The word spiked after 9/11, The Newtown shootings, the Boston Marathon Bombing and most recently it spiked the MOST after Donald Trump was elected as the next President.
Oxford Dictionary released Post-Truth as their word for 2016:
an adjective defined as ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’
Dictionary.com released Xenophobia as their word for 2016
1. fear or hatred of foreigners, people from different cultures, or strangers
2. fear or dislike of the customs, dress, etc., of people who are culturally different from oneself
At least it’s better than an emoji being deemed the “word of the year”…which actually happened LAST year