Merriam-Webster’s 2014 Word of the Year: Culture

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(AP)-Merriam-Webster’s has picked its 2014 word of the year. The word is “culture.” The selection was based on significant increases in lookups this year over last year on Merriam-Webster.com, along with spikes of concentrated interest.

In the No. 2 spot is “nostalgia,” during a year of big 50th anniversaries pegged to 1964: the start of the free speech movement, the passage of the Civil Rights Act, the birth of the Ford Mustang and the British Invasion heralded by the landing of the Beatles on U.S. soil for the first time.

Oxford Dictionaries’ chose “vape,” which comes from the electronic cigarettes. And Dictionary.com picked `”exposure,” during a time of tragedy and fear due to Ebola.