2016 Word of the Year: Behind the Scenes

How we chose 'surreal'


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Featuring: Peter Sokolowski

How did we choose surreal as our Word of the Year for 2016? Peter Sokolowski explains the data behind our decisions, and what that tells us about what people were thinking this year.

Don't miss our in-depth look at surreal and our gallery of top trending words from 2016.

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