‘Xenophobe’ and ‘racism’ among top searches on Merriam-Webster dictionary website

President-elect Donald Trump spoke during Election Night last week.
President-elect Donald Trump spoke during Election Night last week. –Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty Images

The same day that President-elect Donald J. Trump appeared in his first major interview since winning the election, and began making moves to shape his administration, many took to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary to brush up on some thorny vocabulary words.

According to the Springfield-based company, the words “fascism,” “bigot,” “xenophobe,” “racism,” “socialism,” “resurgence,” “xenophobia,” and “misogyny” — in that order — were the most popular searches on its website at one point Sunday.

The company posted the list of searched terms to Twitter around 5:40 p.m. The words represented the up-to-the-minute data results. The tweet was shared more than 8,000 times.

“Honestly, all these words have been very high on our lookup list for several weeks, and indeed are present in the top 20 or so today,” said Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster’s editor-at-large, in a statement.

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