How 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