The Oxford English Dictionary's "What's New In Trollcore English" Word of the Year for 2014 is, as you may already know, "vape."
The penultimate authority of the English language (Urban Dictionary will always be number one) has spoken! Let it be known henceforth that in this 2013th year in the Gregorian calendar, the global zeitgeist was encapsulated in the word "selfie." Pretty much exactly what one would expect a team of ivory tower…
According to Merriam-Webster, "austerity" was the most-searched word in its online dictionary this year, sparked by austerity measures announced by European governments. Runners up include "pragmatic," "moratorium," "socialism," and thankfully, no Jersey Shore-related phrases.