Omnilexica’s Word of the Year 2016 selection has brought some very interesting insights and we would like to share it with you.
Omnilexica.com was busy all 365 days of the year. People from all parts of the world visited the online dictionary to find the meanings of words that they didn’t know.
We have looked back to find out the Word of the Year for 2016 and have come up with the Top Ten terms that were most searched by users all though the year.
The word that tops’ the list is “ethnocentrism“, which has become very relevant in today’s context, when the world is in turmoil with ethnicity becoming a byword for inter-racial disharmony. This word can be defined as the belief in the intrinsic superiority of culture, nation or group to which a specific person belongs. It is usually associated by feelings of dislike for the other groups.
It is a good thing that people are searching for this word. It indicates that more people become aware of this prejudice. They realize that other cultures have their own unique practices and views. As a result, they would tend to accept the views of people who belong to different cultures. This would lead towards cultural harmony and world peace in the long run.
We present the other nine words which make the list:
2. ancient Greek, noun
The recent economic downturn in Greece has seen an upsurge of searches related to this country. People are trying to see what ails Greece, and to understand how it has changed over the centuries.
Greece is a country with a very rich history and whose people’s of the time have contributed immensely to the development of the ancient world in general and to Greece in particular, which is still recognized universally with gratitude.
3. accumulator register, noun
This very technical term is also being searched by many users on Omnilexica, which show that many people tend to go that extra step to learn all they could about the fast changing technological advancements that are taking place around us.
There is no doubt that users of all hues are learning fast what they would want technology to do for them and where the future would take them.
4. thing, noun
This is a very common word in general vocabulary, so it came up as a surprise.
Using it to describe many different scenarios and also to identify various situations, this word has been frequently searched by Omnilexica users, to ensure that they are using it right in a certain context.
5. spelling, noun
Words are written with different spellings and are causing undue controversies especially on the social media where the users come from diverse backgrounds.
Some misspellings have gone unnoticed while others have had their share of interesting anecdotes attached to them and all because a letter was missing or at the wrong place.
6. love, noun / verb
This is one of the most popular words today in the modern world for one thing there is a gigantic shortfall of it wherever we see.
Users are looking to understand the various ways to love and to be loved. This is not only about romantic relationships, including the controversial same-gender relationships, but also love for relatives, for friends, for pets, for sport teams, for nature, for your country, and so on. Love is more complex concept than it seems. This is why other languages, like Greek, have more than one word for it.
7. run for office, verb
The 2016 United States Presidential elections was unprecedented with the results going contrary to expectations, though the winner was clearly the majority’s choice.
The election also brought in words that took some voters a longer period to digest. They will probably come up to the focus at the next elections.
8. Hazeus, noun
Is a genus of gobies and being more a biological term, it should come to our attention that biological terms are also being searched extensively by users and the diversity of the search is what makes this word interesting.
The internet put a lot of scientific information in the reach of everyone. It is great that more and more people try to improve their knowledge about the nature.
9. feudal, adjective
This word seems related to medieval times. But in the modern world, it has a more or less figurative meaning. It’s when someone has the power to treat others as inferior people. It is the subjugation of a human being by another human being.
Though we would like to take this word off our vocabulary, it is still needed to express inequalities of modern society.
10. discriminatory, adjective
This is a word very much used in the political platforms to bring a point of view with reasoning that it is what ails the world today.
The large interest for this word shows that many people are concerned about what happens in society and in the world.