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Language Nerds Have Different Ideas About 2014’s Word of the Year

#BlackLivesMatter, vape, culture and exposure are 2014’s biggest words, according to dictionary writers and linguists.

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#BlackLivesMatter was a protest chant, a movement, a Twitter hashtag, and now it’s one of 2014’s biggest words of the year, according to the experts over at the American Dialect Society. A group of 226 word nerds- etymologists, grammarians, language scholars, and the like- got together and voted to designate #BlackLivesMatter the most important word to come out of the last year, choosing it over bae, even (as in: “I can’t even”) and manspreading.

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