And the word is...SCIENCE.
Their main definition of science is, quote, "knowledge about or study of the natural world based on facts learned through experiments and observation."
They say searches for the definition of "science" are up 176% from 2012 . . . most likely because science has been, quote, "lurking behind the headlines" this year during political debates on subjects like climate change and education.
It's also possible that in the 24-hour cable news era, where the goal is to scream the loudest and not necessarily deliver any actual news, people are hoping to cut through the noise to get to the root of what's being discussed.
Last year's Merriam-Webster Word of the Year was a tie between socialism and capitalism . . . which are also words whose definitions have been obscured by today's rhetoric.
If you feel like your significant other sometimes tunes you out . . . well, congratulations on being like EVERYONE else. And . . . it's TRUE.
According to a new study out of England, both men and women really DO tune out words they subconsciously don't find relevant.
For the study, the researchers picked stereotypically "male" words like "beer" and "football" . . . and stereotypically "female" words like "chocolate" and "shopping."
Then they had men and women listen to a conversation, and report on what they heard.
Men were more likely to remember the parts that featured the male words and forget the other parts . . . women were more likely to remember the parts with female words and forget the rest.
According to a new survey of more than 3,000 women, 32% say their extended family members give the worst holiday gifts . . . and 17% say their parents or in-laws give the worst gifts.
That means HALF of us believe our family members are the worst at Christmas.
Only 9% say their boss gives the worst gifts, 6% say friends give the worst gifts, and 5% say their significant other gives the worst gifts.
So what ARE those bad gifts? Small tacky things are number one, followed by clothes that are too big or too small, stuff that's used, cheap-looking jewelry, ugly sweaters, and cheap beauty products.
The survey also found one in four people will RE-GIFT something this year.