'Feminism' Is Merriam-Webster 'Word of the Year'
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Covfefe, dotard, rocket man, moron, recuse, collusion, complicit, and #MeToo are among the words and phrases that dominated the news in 2017.
So many new words became popular that the publishers of "Words with Friends" added 50,000 terms to the game.
Yet a winning word stands out. One popular dictionary publisher says people looked up one word more than any other in 2017. Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year is "feminism."
Searches for "feminism" increased 70 percent from 2016 to 2017 on Merriam-Webster.com. It rose several times after key news events.
In January, for example, discussions about the Women's March on Washington and other locations sent many people to look up "feminism."
Interest in the word increased with the release of the new television series "The Handmaid's Tale" and the film "Wonder Woman."
More recently, sexual assault accusations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein inspired the #MeToo movement. Since then, many women have come forward to accuse rich and famous men in media, politics and entertainment.
The word "feminism" was first entered in a dictionary by Noah Webster in 1841. It was defined then as "the qualities of females."
Peter Sokolowski is an editor at Merriam-Webster. He told the Associated Press that "the word was used in the 19th century in a medical sense, for the physical characteristics of a developing teenager."
Today, Merriam-Webster defines feminism as the "theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes" and "organized activities on behalf of women's rights and interests."
So, what are the runners-up for the Word of the Year?
"Complicit" was also a top search in 2017. Interest in the word came after a satire video from the television program "Saturday Night Live." Complicit is Dictionary.com's word of the year.
Searches for "recuse" rose in reference to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Donald Trump-Russia investigation.
"Empathy" did not make any news this year. But the word was frequently used to criticize some Republicans for what some called a lack of empathy in comments or proposed legislation.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un used the word "dotard" to describe U.S. President Donald Trump, who had called Kim "rocket man."
People searched for "syzygy" on the day of the total eclipse on August 21. It means the nearly straight-line configuration of three celestial bodies in a gravitational system, such as the sun, moon and earth, during a solar or lunar eclipse.
In March, "gyro" became a top search after television host Jimmy Fallon and singer Luke Bryan ordered the Greek food from a truck in a music video.
The debate on healthcare in the United States Congress sent people to look up "federalism."
With hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria causing damage in southestern U.S. and the Caribbean, people looked up hurricane to get more information.
And finally, after the 2017 Academy Awards many people wanted to know more about the word "gaffe," which means a socially awkward mistake. Announcers wrongly said that "La La Land" had won Best Picture. The real Oscar winner was "Moonlight."
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1.looked up 查询
Many people have to look up the meaning of this word in the dictionary.
2.music video 音乐录像
And hundreds of people have created their own music video versions of the song on YouTube.
3.Since then 从此以后
Since then he has been drawing a pension.
4.a lack of 缺乏
I was hampered by a lack of information.
5.Yet a winning word stands out.
stands out 突出；显眼
He played the violin, and he stood out from all the other musicians.
Many people were involved in this conspiracy, but three stand out.
6.Searches for "recuse" rose in reference to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Donald Trump-Russia investigation.
in reference to 关于...
His comment was made in reference to a study.
What was that call in reference to?
然而，一个词汇脱颖而出 。一位非常受欢迎的字典出版商称，2017年，人们对这个单词的关注度高于以往任何时候 。《韦氏词典》的年度词汇为“女权主义” 。
从2016年到2017年，《韦氏词典》网站关于“女权主义”的搜索次数上涨了70% 。重大新闻事件发生后，该词的搜索次数上涨了好几倍 。
近日，好莱坞制片人哈维·韦恩斯坦被控性骚扰的新闻催生出热词“我也是” 。此后，多位女性站出来指控新闻界、政界和娱乐界大亨的性侵犯 。
1841年，诺亚·韦伯斯特首次将“女权主义”收入词典 。当时，词典给出的定义是“女性具备的品质” 。
皮特·索科洛夫斯基（Peter Sokolowski）是韦氏词典的编辑 。他对美联社表示，“19世纪，这一词汇被应用于医学领域，指的是处于发育期的青少年的身体特征 。”
“串通一气”也位列2017年热门搜索词汇 。该词的流行主要源于《周六夜现场》播放的一则讽刺视频 。“串通一气”是词典在线网站的年度热词 。
今年“共鸣”一词虽然没有上榜 。不过，该词经常被用来批评某些共和党人，因为他们的评论或立法建议没有得到足够的“共鸣” 。
8月21日，人们在日全食当天疯狂搜索“syzygy（会合）”一词 。该词意指，日全食或月全食时，引力系统中的太阳、月亮和地球会出现在一条直线上 。
2017年，美国奥斯卡颁奖典礼结束后，许多人好奇“gaffe（失礼）”一词的含义，该词的意思是社交中的尴尬失误 。颁奖嘉宾误将最佳影片奖颁给《爱乐之城》 。而真正的获奖影片应为《月光男孩》 。