VP Biden's "malarkey" named a word of the year

By Associated Press 10:16am, December 5, 2012
VP Biden debates Paul Ryan. (WDEL File/AP photo)
Merriam-Webster is out with its words of the year, and Vice President Biden has played a role.

The word "malarkey" was chosen as one of the top 10 words of the year. Biden used the word malarkey in his debate with Republican Paul Ryan.

Also thanks to the election, socialism and capitalism are forever wed as Merriam-Webster's most looked-up words of 2012.

Traffic for the unlikely pair on Merriam-Webster's website about doubled this year from the year before as the health care debate heated up and discussion intensified over "American capitalism" versus "European socialism."

The other top 10 picks for this year: democracy, globalization, marriage, bigot, touche, schadenfreude, professional and "meme," for the Internet phenomena that go viral.

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