The 2014 Word of the Year – Exposure | Dictionary.com

Why Exposure Is Our 2014 Word of the Year | Dictionary.com Blog.

Word of the year-2014Just in time for our “Word Wednesday” feature is Dictionary.com’s announcement today of their 2014 “word of the year.”

What is it? “Exposure.” Why this word?

You will have to read on, but here is the first part of their explanation:

In 2014, the Ebola virus, widespread theft of personal information, and shocking acts of violence and brutality dominated the news. Vulnerability and visibility were at the core of the year’s most notable headlines. Encapsulating those themes, Dictionary.com’s Word of the Year for 2014 isexposure.

The wordexposureentered English in the early 1600s to refer to a state of being without shelter or protection. Over the course of the next few centuries, it picked up numerous meanings, four of which were particularly germane to 2014. In the spring, one of these took on grave importance:

Exposure: the condition of being exposed to danger or harm.

Over 14,000 cases of Ebola were counted in West Africa by mid-November of this year, with over 5,000 confirmed deaths. The outbreak was described by the World Health Organization as the “most severe acute health emergency in modern times.” Exposure to the disease was of paramount concern as health workers in countries including Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone struggled to contain the deadly virus and provide the best possible care to those infected.

For more on this word and its special significance for 2014, visit the special Dictionary.com link. There’s even a video and an infographic.

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