Dictionary.com has declared “pandemic” its 2020 word of the year. Searches on the site for the word spiked more than 13,500% on March 11, senior research editor John Kelly said. “That’s massive, but even more telling is how high it has sustained significant search volumes throughout the entire year. Month over month, it was over 1,000% higher than usual. For about half the year, it was in the top 10% of all our lookups., Kelly was cited
Another dictionary, Merriam-Webster, also selected pandemic as its word of the year “That probably isn’t a big shock,” Peter Sokolowski, editor at large for Merriam-Webster, was quoted by The Associated Press.
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