Trending at Merriam-Webster: Week of 3/13
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.
For the week of March 13th, Holidays and Politics (still) drove people to the dictionary:
Lookups for pi spiked on 3/14, also known as Pi Day.
People also looked up pander on 3/14, but we’re not sure why. From our editorial chat board: “Anyone know if pander is spiking for a specific reason, or is it simply from a generalized feeling of disgust with the political options across the spectrum?” If you know, share your insights in the comments here.
Also on the 14th, Trump said he doesn’t “condone violence,“ which led people to check the definition of condone.
The Ides of March, 3/15, was a day to celebrate all things Latin and backstabby.
Following his win in Ohio, presidential candidate John Kasich’s quiet campaign style was described as avuncular.
Also on the 17th, Secretary of State John Kerry said that ISIS is committing genocide against religious minorities in the Middle East.
Any guesses as to what words will trend next week?