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'Pragmatic' named Word of Year by Merriam-Webster

December 15, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
"Pragmatic" has been named Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year - in part because of how many people looked up its definition online.

Editors say searches of "pragmatic" spiked during the debates in Washington over the U.S. debt ceiling and the congressional supercommittee.

The president of Merriam-Webster says pragmatic sums up the current national mood of encouraging practicality over indulgence.

By the way, "pragmatic" is an adjective means practical and logical.

Merriam-Webster has been picking its annual top choice since 2003. Previous winners include: austerity (2010), admonish (2009) and bailout (2008).

The Associated Press contributed to this report.