Dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster has named the words socialism and capitalism as the top searched for words in the year 2012.
The publisher bases its annual choices on search volume from its website. Peter Sokolowski, the dictionary’s editor at large, said the words trended together in searches, with especially large spikes when President Obama’s health care law was in the news. Socialism was also very popular on Election Day.
BusinessWeek asked Merriam-Webster to provide them with the business-related most searched for words. Herewith, in alphabetical order, via MW and BW, are some of the English language’s consistently most-looked-up business words: