Monday, December 22, 2014

Top Ten Lists - Merriam-Webster Online

Top Ten Lists - Merriam-Webster Online Top Ten Words-of-the-Year

I thought "Culture" was a great choice for #1 on this list---


1: Culture

Culture is a big word at back-to-school time each year, but this year lookups extended beyond the academic calendar. The term conveys a kind of academic attention to systematic behavior and allows us to identify and isolate an idea, issue, or group: we speak of a "culture of transparency" or "consumer culture."Culture can be either very broad (as in "celebrity culture" or "winning culture") or very specific (as in "test-prep culture" or "marching band culture").
This year, the use of the word culture to define ideas in this way has moved from the classroom syllabus to the conversation at large, appearing in headlines and analyses across a wide swath of topics.