2016, you have been, um鈥 an experience. If you need any further proof that now is a confusing and honestly, pretty disconcerting time, please allow us to share both Dictionary.com and Merriam Webster鈥檚 selected words of the year.

A few days ago Merriam-Webster posted a Tweet announcing that, currently, 鈥渇ascism鈥 is the word reference site鈥檚 most-searched word this year. In a desperate effort to have another word take the throne before it鈥檚 finalized, they followed up the bleak announcement with, 鈥淭here鈥檚 still time to look something else up.鈥 Please excuse us while we repeatedly type 鈥渄emocracy鈥 into the search bar.

Additionally, Dictionary.com revealed that their word of the year is 鈥淴enophobia.鈥 If somehow you managed to make it through the election without hearing this word, it鈥檚 a 鈥渇ear or hatred of foreigners, people from different cultures, or strangers.鈥

Dictionary.com appears to select their word of the year not just based on what鈥檚 most searched but also what they see as an overarching theme that embodies the year. In a blog post about the word, Dictionary.com writes that it 鈥渇inds its roots in two Greek words, x茅nos meaning 鈥渟tranger, guest,鈥 and ph贸bos meaning 鈥榝ear, panic.'鈥 And that the word saw a 938 percent increase in lookup on June 24, the day after Brexit.

Ugh. Now鈥檚 about the time that we bury ourselves in a cocoon of holiday cookies and eggnog only to reemerge once the New Year鈥檚 Eve clock strikes midnight. 2017, you can鈥檛 come soon enough.

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