‘Surreal’ Is Merriam-Webster’s 2016 ‘Word Of The Year ‘


Surreal had three major spikes in interest that were higher in volume and were sustained for longer periods of time than in past years. In March, the word was used in coverage of the Brussels terror attacks. Then, in July, we saw the word spike again: it was used in descriptions of the coup attempt in Turkey and in coverage of the terrorist attack in Nice. Finally, we saw the largest spike in lookups for surreal following the U.S. election in November.

“Surreal” is indeed a perfect selection,
Describing the Clinton/Trump election.

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