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The Word Of The Year Is A Willing Involvement On The Naughty List

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When you make your living with words you develop an appreciation for the selection and application of the perfect word for each circumstance.

So stories like this always catch my eye. “Complicit” has been named word of the year by Dictionary.com.  Do you know what it means?

People went hunting for the word nearly 300 percent more times over last year and if “complicit” is sending out thank-you cards for all the attention, it will need to send several to the Trump family.

According to the AP, lexicographer Jane Solomon believes the first of three major spikes in searches for the word took place on March 12th, the day after a “Saturday Night Live” aired a sketch depicting Scarlett Johansson as Ivanka Trump in a “commercial” for a fragrance called “Complicit.”

The second spike came on April 5th, after Ivanka appeared on “CBS This Morning” and said, “I don’t know what it means to be complicit.”

The third spike happened October 24th, the day Arizona Republican Jeff Flake announced on the Senate floor that he would not seek re-election, saying, “I have children and grandchildren to answer to, and so, Mr. President, I will not be complicit.”

The trifecta for the Trumps. I wonder if they were complicit in the selection process?

For the record, Dictionary.com defines complicit as — adjective 1. choosing to be involved in an illegal or questionable act, especially with others; having complicity.

 

 

 

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