'Feminism,' Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2017, as listed in the Merriam-Webster dictionary.
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Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2017, in English, is "feminism". Yes, it's been a big year or 100 for the word. In 2017, searches for feminism increased 70 percent over 2016 on Merriam-Webster.com and spiked several times after key events, lexicographer Peter Sokolowski, the company's editor at large, told the Associated Press ahead of Tuesday's annual announcement."Feminism" has been in Merriam-Webster's annual Top 10 for the last few years, sharing 2015 word-of-the-year honors with "socialism," "fascism," "racism," "communism," "capitalism" and "terrorism".Feminism's roots are in the Latin for "woman".Other events that drew interest to the word feminism was the popular Hulu series, "The Handmaid's Tale," Sokolowski said, and the blockbuster movie, "Wonder Woman," directed by Patty Jenkins – a woman.
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