After careful thought, Merriam-Webster has declared vaccine as its 2021 word of the year.
Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster’s editor-at-large said they decided to declare vaccine as the word of the year because it is always being discussed every single day of 2021.
“This was a word that was extremely high in our data every single day in 2021,” Sokolowski said.
“It really represents two different stories. One is the science story, which is this remarkable speed with which the vaccines were developed. But there’s also the debates regarding policy, politics and political affiliation. It’s one word that carries these two huge stories,” Sokolowski added.
Sources said the selection follows “vax” as word of the year from the folks who publish the Oxford English Dictionary.
It was learned that it comes after Merriam-Webster chose “pandemic” as tops in lookups last year on its online site.
“The pandemic was the gun going off and now we have the aftereffects,” he said.