Austerity Named Word of The Year
Merriam-Webster has named Austerity as the Word of The Year 2010 following its numerous searches on the internet
The word Austerity is defined as “the quality or state of being austere” and “enforced or extreme economy,”.
The president and Publisher of Springfield, a mass based dictionary, John Morse said that ‘Austerity’ sparked off 250,000 searches on the dictionary’s free online tool and most of them were resulted due to loads of coverage of the debt crisis.
Morse also said ‘”What we look for … what are the words that have had spikes that strike us very much as an anomaly for their regular behavior,” and later said “Austerity is truly the word of the year 2010″.
Runner-ups also announced on Monday included — “bigot” “pragmatic,” “moratorium,” and “socialism,”.Hardly surprising I must say.