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Here’s how you can stop 'fascism' becoming word of the year

Fascism is currently in pole position to be Merriam-Webster's 'word of the year' based on searches. The US dictionary wants it stopped
Adolf Hitler of Nazi Germany and Benito Mussolini of Fascist Italy, ride together in the back of an open-top car in June 1940 (Wikicommons)

US dictionary Myriam Webster has called on its users to stop “fascism” becoming the 'word of the year'

The word of the year is based on percentage of searches on the dictionary's website. “Fascism” is in pole position

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People chipped in suggesting merrier suggestions users could look up

One person wished for a time machine

Merriam-Webster offered their own suggestion

It wasn't long before it entered the top 10

But what does it mean?

'Nonsense'

Unfortunately this was part of depressing pattern. Dictionary.com’s word of the year was…

Cambridge Dictionary went for 'paranoid'

Collins Dictionary opted for 'Brexit'

(AFP)

And Oxford Dictionary opted for 'post-truth'

Sign of the times?

(AFP)

Can we please go back to 2015 when Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year was “tears of joy” emoji