Dictionary.com’s word of the year is identity, the website announced Tuesday. The word was chosen based on current events and data related to word searches on the website.
“We like to pick a word of the year that encapsulates some of the biggest stories of the year news-wise, and we also this year were really, really interested in what words trended in user lookups,” says Jane Solomon, a senior content editor and lexicographer at Dictionary.com.
Among the identity-related current events that Dictionary.com says inspired its choice were Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover, the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, NAACP chapter president Rachel Dolezal’s misrepresenting her race and the addition of racially diverse emoji to smartphones.
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