Thanks to election year talking points, looky-uppie-loos have made "socialism" and "capitalism" the most searched for words in a popular online dictionary.
Jen Doll at The Atlantic tells us
that according to the wordsmith wizards at Merriam-Webster, the official monikers for the world's two big economic doctrines were looked-up more often than related words - also fueled by the presidential race - such as "democracy," "globalization," and "marriage," to take the top two spots. Though folks complain about the superficial nature of politics, 2012's national election appears to have been a kind of primer for the electorate on political economy, thanks in no small part to the candidates themselves.
"Every time that health care is in the news, 'socialism' spikes," said Merriam-Webster's Peter Sokolowski. "Also, Mitt Romney used the phrase 'European-style socialism' in his stump speech, keeping the word in the news for cycle after cycle."
In keeping with this high-minded collection of nouns, Doll notes that Joe Biden's "malarkey
" failed to make the list.
Via The Atlantic