An Anonymous Coward writes:
The Guardian reports that "socialism" was the most looked-up word on Merriam-Webster's site this year, a change the American dictionary publisher attributes to US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who has positioned of himself as a "democratic socialist".
As a socialist (or communist) myself, I personally think it's great that especially people from the United States try to figure out the meaning of the word beyond McCarthyism. I'm glad that people show interest in politics and finding out about positions of candidates.
Past years winners are available on Wikipedia.
Wow that page started as mildly funny and became lazily racist really fast.
Really? I thought it was surprisingly not racist, given how much our usual white supremacist colleagues did post. And while half of what they said was blinkered and/or incorrect on an academic, pedantic level, it was not so terribly off-base when measured against the knowledge of history, politics, and social theory that average Americans have; they also did make some good points.
There was that one post (so far) about Zionists, but that's the same guy who's always beating that drum.
All in all, this thread has been much more civil and informed than expected. Well done, Soylent!