Merriam-Webster’s Most-Searched Business Words

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This week, dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster announced its annual “Words of the Year,” a collection of 10 words that “shed light on the topics and ideas that sparked the nation’s interest in 2012.” In other words, they’re just some of the most-looked-up ones on its website. Topping the list are “socialism” and “capitalism,” which makes sense given the heated election season. Other buzzwords making the cut include “globalization” and “malarkey”—the latter thrust back into the lexicon after a multiple-malarkey showing during the vice presidential debate, in October, by a smiling Joe Biden.

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