tops the list of Merriam-Webster's 2011 words of the year
. Defined as "practical as opposed to idealistic," pragmatic
was the most frequently looked-up word at Merriam-Webster's Web site. Other top words reflect issues and concerns that dominated the news in 2011:
Merriam-Webster also offers a 2011 timeline of words
that sparked people's interest because of events in the news. For example, following the August 23rd earthquake in the East Coast of the United States, the word temblor
enjoyed its fifteen minutes of fame.
When you need just the right word (or just the right encyclopedia article), be pragmatic: use the UMUC Library's Guide to Dictionary and Encyclopedia Resources