2012: The Year in Words

Defining Moments: In politics, culture, sports and more, these words spiked in lookups because of events in the news.

January 3: "Caucus"

January 10: "Ambivalence"

January 13: "Reductive"

January 19: "Egregious"

February 1: "Irregardless"

February 8: "Disposition"

February 13: "Highfalutin"

February 20: "Reconcile"

February 29: "Moratorium"

March 2: "Misogyny"

March 14: "Cri de Coeur"

March 21: "Narcissism"

March 23: "Dystopia"

April 5: "Prima Donna"

April 10: "Hubris"

April 18: "Gaudy"

April 20: "Disingenuous"

May 1: "Anarchist"

May 7: "Touché"

May 8: "Vincit Omnia Veritas"

May 22: "Gibberish"

May 27: "Bloviate"

June 1: "Guetapens"

June 12: "Gaffe"

June 21: "Genre"

June 27: "Roman à Clef"

July 4: "Boson"

July 11: "Servitude"

July 20: "Terrorism"

July 24: "Aviatrix"

August 1: "Acerbic"

August 8: "Decathlon"

August 11: "Wonk"

August 17: "Hooliganism"

August 27: "Vituperative"

September 3: "Rhetoric"

September 10: "Culture"

September 18: "Surreptitious"

September 25: "Egregious"

October 4: "Pundit"

October 11: "Malarkey"

October 17: "Meme"

October 22: "Tumult"

October 29: "Hunker"

November 6: "Socialism"

November 14: "Inviolable"

November 19: "Irony"

November 29: "Visceral"

December 6: "Urbane"

December 11: "Poinsettia"

December 18: "Assault Rifle"

December 27: "Qi"

[And more to come]