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Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s top 10 words for 2012

Thanks to the election, ‘capitalism’ and ‘socialism’ tie for the No. 1 spot.

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor Dec 5, 2012 10:39PM

Since 2003, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary has been choosing the top ten words of the year. Today, editor-at-large Peter Sokolowski announced the top 10 most looked-up words of 2012, reports the Associated Press.

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Thanks to a year of politically-fueled interests – an election, health care debate and fight for same-sex marriage – discussion intensified over “American capitalism” versus “European socialism,” Sokolowski was quoted.

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This is the first time Merriam-Webster has awarded two words of the year. Last year's word of the year was ‘austerity;’ before that, it was ‘pragmatic.’

Take a look at Merriam-Webster's top 10 words for 2012:

1. socialism and capitalism

2. touché

3. bigot

4. marriage

5. democracy

6. professionalism

7. globalization

8. malarkey

9. schadenfreude

10. meme

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