Merriam-Webster: “Pragmatic” 2011 Word of the Year- “illapragmatic” starts training with MAYWEATHER

 

Illapragmatic get at him dawgz, you got the trophy for 2012, son. Yeah, I heard you lost out last year. Anyways, water under the mistletoe. You have your new training with Mayweather so you topping all jokers for 2012. Let’s GOOOO
Deano

Merriam-Webster Inc., America’s leading dictionary publisher, has announced the Top Ten Words of the Year for 2011.  The list reflects the interests and attitudes of visitors from around the world to Merriam-Webster.com and LearnersDictionary.com and is determined by the volume of user look-ups on those sites.

Topping the list is pragmatic, meaning “practical as opposed to idealistic,” which received an unprecedented number of user lookups throughout 2011.  Pragmatic is not associated with any one event but instead describes “an admirable quality that people value in themselves and wish for in others, especially in their leaders and their policies,” said Peter Sokolowski, Editor at Large at Merriam-Webster. “It’s a word that resonates with society as a whole; something people want to understand fully.”

Number two on the list was ambivalence, which like pragmatic reflects an overall mood rather than a specific event. Ambivalenceis defined as “simultaneous and contradictory attitudes or feelings toward an object, person, or action” and as “continual fluctuation between one thing and its opposite.” “We are struck by the unusually large volume of lookups for this word,” said John Morse, President and Publisher. “We think it reflects the public attitude toward a wide range of issues, including the economy, the ongoing debates in Washington, the presidentialelection, and most recently the race for the Republican Party nomination.”

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