In a war of words, which will reign supreme in 2013: "selfie" or "science"?
In November, Oxford Dictionary deemed "selfie," defined as "a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website," its word of the year. But rival Merriam-Webster disagrees and has declared the word "science" — "knowledge about or study of the natural world based on facts learned through experiments and observation" — the winner.
"Selfie" and "science" aren't remotely similar words, so how did these dictionaries come up with such different results?
Merriam-Webster determined "science" to be the top word by analyzing approximately 100 million searches per month on its online dictionary, then detecting words with the greatest increase in searches compared with last year'sRead More »from 'Selfie' or 'Science'? Merriam-Webster and Oxford Battle Over the Word of the Year