Haploid Metrosexual Onomatopoeia

It’s amazing the stuff you come across when you’re looking for something else. Here’s a good one I found today: Reference.com’s list of Most Looked Up Words From 2005. (And no: serendipity didn’t make the list. Would have been ironic if it did, though, wouldn’t it?)

For Reference.com in 2005, the top 15 search terms were not particularly surprising, but do include a couple of sexual terms and those nagging grammar terms (metaphor, irony, alliteration, onomatopoeia, oxymoron, adjective). Newer vocabulary includes haploid, über, and emo.

The results do surprise me. I can’t imagine actually consulting a reference -- and expecting it to have the definition of -- metrosexual or emo (which is “a music term, abbreviated from emo-core, which was shortened from emotional-hardcore.”) or bothering to look up words like love or sex, both of which appear on the list.

Have a haploid day! (And, yes: haploid is on the list. And, no: I haven’t used it correctly in this sentence. Whatever.)


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