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We never thought that the Twitter feed for a dictionary would become the voice of reason, but it seems that Merriam-Webster shows no signs of slowing down when it comes to staying woke.
We already knew that Merriam-Webster’s Twitter account was full of amazing burns, but in recent months the dictionary’s account has become a go-to place for reminders about inclusivity and diversity, whether that’s adding the term “genderqueer” to the dictionary, or standing up for LGBTQ rights.
His first sitcom, "It's Garry Shandling's Show," premiered on Showtime in 1986 and had him busting through the fourth wall, speaking directly to the audience and mimicking his real life as a standup comedian, but one who knew he was starring in a TV show."It was surreal and it's connected to the actual original meaning of surreal, which is to say it comes from Surrealism, the artistic movement of the early 20th century," Sokolowski said.
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Interested enough in sending texts but not interested enough in making (or keeping) date plans.
Meaning "marked by the intense irrational reality of a dream," or "unbelievable, fantastic," the word joins Oxford's "post-truth" and Dictionary.com's "xenophobia" as the year's top choices."It just seems like one of those years," said Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster's editor at large.
Irony mixed with the surreal for yet another bump after the March death of Garry Shandling.The company tracks year-over-year growth and spikes in lookups of words on its website to come up with the top choice.This time around, there were many periods of interest in "surreal" throughout the year, often in the aftermath of tragedy, Sokolowski said.Major spikes came after the Brussels attack in March and again in July, after the Bastille Day massacre in Nice and the attempted coup in Turkey.All three received huge attention around the globe and had many in the media reaching for "surreal" to describe both the physical scenes and the "mental landscapes," Sokolowski said.