On Tuesday, the Merriam-Webster online dictionary announced the 2017 word of the year: "feminism."
The dictionary defines the term as "the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes" and the "organized activity in support of women’s rights and interests."
But that definition is misleading at best; if you haven't been paying attention, modern feminism is essentially synonymous with leftism.
Merriam-Webster claims they chose the word because of the significant increase in lookups compared to years prior, according to USA TODAY:
Searches on Merriam-Webster.com for "feminism" spiked in January, 2017, during the Women's Marches held around the world, and again, when Kellyanne Conway said she didn’t consider herself a feminist in the "classic sense." And the lookups for feminism didn't stop there. Many looked up the term amid the #Metoo movement and as increasing allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct have taken over the news cycle.
The pick certainly has some leftist undertones, and a video posted by USA TODAY features Jessica Leeds accusing President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct. "He jumped all over me," she says.
Merriam-Webster Editor-at-Large Peter Sokolowski said "no one word can encapsulate all the news, events, or stories of a given year," but added "when we look back at the past twelve months and combine an analysis of words that have been looked up much more frequently than during the previous year along with instances of intense spikes of interest because of news events, we see that one word stands out in both categories."
The online dictionary also highlighted nine other noteworthy words from the year: