2012 Word Of The Year? … “Bluster”

The word of the year, according to Dictionary.com, is ‘Bluster.”

Dictionary.com defines the word thusly:

1.
to roar and be tumultuous, as wind.
2.
to be loud, noisy, or swaggering; utter loud, empty menaces or protests: He blusters about revenge but does nothing.

“We liked the the double meaning of weather and communication,” Jay Schwartz, Dictionary.com’s Head of Content, told The Huffington Post on the telephone from the company’s headquarters in Oakland, CA.

“Obviously the most historical events [this year] were the election, and weather events… [There has been] a remarkable volume of different kinds of bluster across the political and cultural spectrum,” said Schwartz.

He said that the word was chosen partly in consultation with lexicographers, and partly based on the data gathered from users’ searches on the site throughout the year. As an online-only dictionary, Schwartz believes that their data reveals something of what has been concerning people during 2012.

[The above information is excerpted from “Word Of The Year 2012, According To Dictionary.com: Bluster” appeared on huffingtonpost.com on 11/19/2012. To view this article in its entirety please click on the following:  word-of-the-year-2012-dictionary-bluster_n_2152831.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl33%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D236609.]

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