Surreal Is The Word for 2016

I am fascinated by words and word usage so when I heard this week that Merriam-Webster named the word “Surreal” as the Word of the Year 2016 I had to research it more.

The dictionary chooses their Word of the Year on two criteria:

  • Words that are searched for frequently or daily
  • Following searches that spike as a reflection of pop culture or news events

Merriam-Websters definition is:

Definition of surreal

  1. 1:  marked by the intense irrational reality of a dream; also:unbelievable, fantastic<surreal sums of money>

As you think back on 2016, as the year is coming to an end, what word would you personally use to describe your year. Do you agree that surreal pretty well sums it up, or is there a different word that pops to mind? Let me know in the comments below.

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  1. Eileen says:

    I agree surreal is a great word. Thanks for reminding us of just a great word. We should all make a point to use it more in the future.

  2. Ann Innis says:

    Surreal is definitely the word I would use! I think I would use it more to describe unpleasant things that have happened this year. Many unbelievable things have certainly happened. I suspect 2017 will be surreal as well!

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