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Word of the Year

A panel of linguists has decided the word that best reflects 2021 is insurrection, which refers to a violent attempt to take control of a government.

The American Dialect Society chose the Word of the Year on January 7, 2022 during a Covid-friendly webinar attended by more than 300 people.

The vote came almost exactly one year after the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Supporters of President Donald Trump gathered in Washington, DC as lawmakers prepared to certify the results of the 2020 election won by Joe Biden. Hundreds of those supporters eventually stormed the Capitol, forcing their way into the building, roaming the corridors, and ransacking offices. It took Capitol Police and National Guard troops several hours to quell the riot and restore order.

"More than a year after the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, the nation is still coming to grips with what happened that day," said Ben Zimmer, chair of the American Dialect Society's New Words Committee. "The lasting effects of that insurrection will be felt for years to come."

Other nominees for WOTY included Big Lie; Great Resignation; and Omicron, which refers to a variant of Coronavirus that spread quickly and infected many people who were already vaccinated against Covid.

There were also plenty of Covid-related words in the Pandemic-Related Word of the Year category. You can read about them and others in the complete news release here.