Trending at Merriam-Webster: Week of 5/1
Curious what news sent people to the dictionary this week?
People look up random words all the time, but sometimes a lot of people look up the same word—usually because of something in the zeitgeist, such as a shared experience or event.
This week's lookups were driven by holidays and politics:
May 1st brought the annual spike in lookups for May Day. The holiday actually consists of multiple holidays which share a date and name, as it's both a celebration of spring and a day that honors working people. It does not have anything to do with the expression mayday.
Lookups for philanderer spiked 2650% on 5/3 after Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz used the word to describe Donald Trump. The charge must not have stuck: Trump won the Indiana primary, causing Cruz to drop out and lookups for presumptive to skyrocket.
@pourmecoffee Huge spike. Huge.— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) May 4, 2016
Back to holidays: Cinco de Mayo spiked on Cinco de Mayo.
Back to politics: Hispanic spiked after Trump tweeted a photo of himself with a taco bowl and the caption "I love Hispanics!"
There is no entry in our dictionary for taco bowl.
What words do you think will trend next week?