Merriam-Webster’s 2015 Word of the Year Isn’t Even a Word
Daily Writing Tips
JANUARY 2, 2016
Though terrorism has seemed to gain ubiquity only in the last couple of decades—in the United States, the terrorist attacks on New York City’s World Trade Center and on the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, prompted the nation’s preoccupation with the concept—the word was first used in the late eighteenth century, and of course the strategy is as old as political organization. But later in the post, I twice wrote ism (once in plural form, and then in singular construction) as if it’s a word.