Merriam-Webster Names ‘Pandemic’ Word of the Year

Merriam-Webster Names ‘Pandemic’ Word of the Year. The dictionary publisher announced its 2020 word of the year on Monday. Often the big news story has a technical word that's associated with it and in this case, the word pandemic is not just technical but has become general. , Merriam-Webster Editor at Large Peter Sokolowski, via ‘The Associated Press’. Searches for the word spiked in March when the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic. Coronavirus, quarantine, mamba and malarkey were among the runners up based on the site’s search spikes. COVID-19 was also added to the site’s entries within a month after being coined in February