In a word that pretty much sums up 2016, Merriam-Webster revealed their “Word of the Year” – Surreal.
1) 'Surreal' is one of the most common lookups following a tragedy
2) 'Surreal' is our 2016 Word of the Yearhttps://t.co/O7azAyRQC1
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) December 19, 2016
The dictionary sums up the word as meaning, “Marked by the intense irrationality of a dream” and “Unbelievable, Fantastic.”
Merriam-Webster tracks searches on its website to come up with the top word of the year. Surreal joins dictionary.com’s top word of ‘xenophobia’ and Oxford dictionary’s top word of ‘post-truth.’
Surreal is a relatively new word, founded during the 1920’s movement of Surrealism, where a group of painters, poets and filmmakers sought to “resolve the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality.”