(CNN)You’ve probably heard the word near-daily since March. It’s dominated nearly every corner of the world since. And there’s no better word to sum up the unbelievable year that was 2020.
“Pandemic” is the Word of the Year for both Merriam-Webster and Dictionary.com. It informed top searches on both sites and reshaped the language we use daily, both companies said.
Merriam-Webster, the dictionary publisher, said people looked up “pandemic” with “remarkable frequency” throughout the year — particularly on March 11, when the World Health Organization officially declared Covid-19 a pandemic. On that day, searches for “pandemic” spiked 115,806% compared to the same day in 2019.