2016 has been a trip, this much we know, but would the Word of the Year reflect as much? The 2015 word of the year was ‘-ism.’ In 2014, the word was ‘culture.’ So surely this year’s word would be a spot-on representation of the madness that was 2016. You’ve got celebrities dying left and right and reality TV stars becoming the president. A dead gorilla may have been the one unifying event of the whole year. You know what you call that? Surreal.
Here are some of the other words that Merriam-Webster considered:
In Omnia Paratus
Faute de Mieux