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Another Win For Science In The 2013 Dictionary Blood Wars?
December 16, 2013
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It's now 2–1 in science's favour in the 2013 Dictionary Blood Wars — if you count "geek" as a science-y word, at least.

Today, the Collins online dictionary declared "geek" to be its word of the year, reasoning that it captures the essence of 2013 and has also evolved from being an insult to something that carries a positive meaning.

The coronation of "geek" to word-of-the-year status comes after Oxford University Press recently gave that distinction to "selfie" (defined as a "photo one has taken of oneself, typically with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website") as the Oxford Dictionary's word of 2013. Merriam-Webster, on the other hand, selected "science" to be its word of the year. today posted a blog explaining its decision to choose "geek" as its word of the year.

"Its origins are in the 19th century, but it has most recently changed from describing someone pre-occupied with computing to someone who is passionate about any field of expertise," the post read. "This change in meaning represents a positive change in perceptions about specialist expertise, and is a result of the influence of technology on people’s lives in 2013."

George brought up the "Dictionary Blood Wars" on the Dec. 3 edition of The Debrief, siding with team Merriam-Webster's choice of the brainier "science" over Oxford's more superficial "selfie."


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