Merriam-Webster declared science its word of the year for 2013 today, thanks to a 176 percent increase in online lookups — the biggest jump of any word, year over year. Which is ... odd. Does anyone have any idea why that happened?
The editors link science, a word users looked up 176% more than last year, to political discussions of climate change and education, as well as Malcolm Gladwell’s latest book, criticized as a misrepresentation of science.
So, no, nobody has any idea.