The ten most frequently searched words in the dictionary

Wed, Aug 26 2015

Language, we believe, is a window on the world.

So it was with some interest that we noted the ten most frequently searched words on the site of American dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster. The site gets more than 40 million visitors a month. The words were:

1. PRAGMATIC [adjective]
Dealing with the problems that exist in a specific situation in a reasonable and logical way instead of depending on ideas and theories.

2. COMRADERY (or CAMARADERIE) [noun]
A feeling of good friendship among the people in a group.

3. HOLISTIC [adjective]
Relating to or concerned with complete systems rather than with individual part.

4. DISPOSITION [noun]
The usual attitude or mood of a person or animal; a tendency to act or think in a particular way; a tendency to develop a disease, condition, etc.

5. BIGOT [noun]
A person who strongly and unfairly dislikes other people, ideas, etc.; a person who hates or refuses to accept the members of a particular group (such as a racial or religious group).

6. INTEGRITY [noun]
The quality of being honest and fair; the state of being complete or whole.

7. PARADIGM [noun]
A model or pattern for something that may be copied; a theory or a group of ideas about how something should be done, made, or thought about.

8. PEDANTIC [adjective]
Narrowly, stodgily, and often ostentatiously learned.

9. IRONY [noun]
The use of words that mean the opposite of what you really think especially in order to be funny; a situation that is strange or funny because things happen in a way that seems to be the opposite of what you expected.

10. SOCIALISM [noun]
A way of organising a society in which major industries are owned and controlled by the government rather than by individual people and companies.

Author: BWD Creative - http://bwdcreative.com.au/training/better-business-writing/

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