Trending: moderator

Lookups spiked 3,500% on September 29, 2020

Why are people looking up moderator?

Moderator spiked in lookups during the presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden on September 29, 2020, for reasons that must remain between these searchers and their dictionary.

What does moderator mean?

We define moderator in a number of ways; it may be “one who presides over an assembly, meeting, or discussion” (as in the chair of a discussion group or the presiding officer of a town meeting), or “one who arbitrates; a mediator” (this is sense that is relevant to tonight’s debate … we think, as it might also be “a substance (such as graphite) used for slowing neutrons in a nuclear reactor”). The word can be traced to the Latin moderare, meaning “to moderate.”

Trend Watch is a data-driven report on words people are looking up at much higher search rates than normal. While most trends can be traced back to the news or popular culture, our focus is on the lookup data rather than the events themselves.

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