2015 Word of the Year: Behind the Scenes

Editor Peter Sokolowski talks about our Word of the Year selections.


play word of the year 2015 video
61,482 views
Featuring: Peter Sokolowski

The words people look up show our curiosity, and the lookups are just the beginning of reflection on and discussion of the topics that are on our minds.

See how we select our Word of the Year, along with the full list of words.

And get details about all the lookups, including the events that triggered them, at our Word of the Year Gallery.

Up Next

Autoplay
play merriam-webster eggcorns title page
What Is an Eggcorn?

 

22,952 views

play hot mess
Hot Mess

 

151,479 views

play mrs malaprop
What is a Malaprop?

 

136,476 views

play alright allright video
Alright vs. All Right

 

134,171 views

play there theyre their video
There, They're, Their

 

101,041 views

play sneaked vs snuck video
Sneaked vs. Snuck

 

55,248 views

play further vs farther video
Further vs. Farther

 

46,218 views

play video lay vs lie
Lay vs. Lie

 

314,398 views

play fun funner funnest
Fun, Funner, Funnest

 

257,664 views

play video old school grammar humorsome
Old-School Grammar

 

239,078 views

play video schwa
The Schwa

 

159,715 views

play video ie vs eg
i.e. vs. e.g.

 

166,309 views

play video its vs its
Its vs. It's

 

76,720 views

play video healthy vs healthful
Healthy vs. Healthful

 

105,572 views

play video between you and i or me
I vs. Me

 

67,297 views

play video literally
Literally

 

437,672 views

play video hopefully
Hopefully

 

90,108 views

play video who vs whom
Who vs. Whom

 

82,417 views

play video affect vs effect
Affect vs. Effect

 

112,634 views