Saturday, August 1, 2015

What’s the Most-Looked-Up Dictionary Word in Your City?


What’s the last word you looked up in the dictionary? That may depend on where you live. People in different cities look up certain words much more frequently than the national average, according to a new report from

The online and mobile dictionary rounded up the most popular words in major U.S. cities, offering a fascinating glimpse into trending regional topics. ‘Gun-control’ was the most-searched word in Washington, D.C., followed by ‘whig’ and ‘paralympic.’

Denver’s number one word, ‘ice-fog,’ likely reflects the city’s recent brutal winter weather, though the explanation for the city’s other most popular words, ‘rewrapping’ and ‘marmots,’ is less apparent.

Meanwhile, New York City’s top search is ‘precipitin test,’ a test conducted by criminologists to determine the source of a blood sample. The city’s other top words are ‘gadfly’ and ‘worried.’

Below, check out the most-searched words around the country, and click on each city’s word for a definition.



Lindsay Lowe
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