Merriam Webster Names “Culture” Word of the Year!

top10_woty2014_cultureHow very wonderful is this?! 2014 is my 35th anniversary working in the intercultural field, and we finally make it to number one! Merriam Webster has just named “culture” the word of the year for 2014.

“Traffic throughout the year indicates that culture is a ‘chameleon. When you put it next to another word it means something very different. For example, `consumer culture’ or `rape culture,’ which we’ve been reading about lately.

There’s the ‘culture of transparency’ in government and business, and ‘celebrity culture,’ and the ‘culture of winning’ in sports. It’s a word that can be very specific, like `test prep culture,’ or it can be very, very broad, like `coffee culture.'”
—Peter Sokolowski, Merriam Webster editor-at-large

Read all about how and why Merriam Webster dictionary named “culture” the word of the year for 2014.

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About Dianne Hofner Saphiere

There are loads of talented people in this gorgeous world of ours. We all have a unique contribution to make, and if we collaborate, I am confident we have all the pieces we need to solve any problem we face. I have been an intercultural organizational effectiveness consultant since 1979, working primarily with for-profit multinational corporations. I lived and worked in Japan in the late 70s through the 80s, and currently live in and work from México, where with a wonderful partner we've raised a bicultural, global-minded son. I have worked with organizations and people from over 100 nations in my career. What's your story?

2 thoughts on “Merriam Webster Names “Culture” Word of the Year!

  1. Congratulations on your 35th anniversary Dianne! The article on culture is very interesting.
    I recall my decades of experience working in international corporations, where it was
    important to understand the “corporate culture” of the different organizations. Really understanding the culture of a company and its impact on your career is essential to success in that organization.


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