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Merriam-Webster picks ‘vaccine’ as word of 2021 year

18:52, 29 November 2021
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A large American company Merriam-Webster Inc. known for its dictionaries announced the word of the current interest “vaccine” has become the most popular word of 2021.


“This was a word that was extremely high in our data every single day in 2021, the main editor at Merriam-Webster Peter Sokolowski told the Associated Press before the word was announced.

“It really represents two different stories. One is the science, which is the remarkable speed with which the vaccines were developed. But there’s also the debates regarding policy, politics and political affiliation. It’s one word that carries these two huge stories,” he said.

Merriam-Webster said there was a large increase in requests for the word “vaccine” as the percentage of users ramped up to 601% over 2020, the year when the first jab was administered thus triggering the mainstream disputes and controversies regarding the use of the vaccine against COVID-19.

Large protests are still in place as the governments still try to somehow curb the pandemic by imposing various restrictions and declaring lockdowns which dozens of thousands disagree with.