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Merriam-Webster ranks the most popular words of the year based on which of the words in their dictionary experienced the biggest spike in lookups. In 2014 “culture” was the #1 word and “nostalgia,” from the Greek word meaning “to return home,” came in second. With “legacy” taking fourth place, it looks like the Web of Culture was onto something.

Time magazine quotes editor-at-large for Merriam Webster, Peter Sokolowski, as saying, “Culture…allows us to identify and isolate an idea, issue or group with seriousness.” Examples include pop culture, media culture, culture shock, drug culture, etc.

Lookups of nostalgia more than doubled last year. TV shows like Mad Men and Downton Abbey are all about nostalgia, and we heard about “the politics of nostalgia.”

Legacy can mean lasting impact, something from the past or something we leave for the future. High-profile departures like Derek Jeter playing his last game as a Yankee and the centennial of the start of World War I fueled lookups of this word.

Any idea what the Word of the Year for 2015 will be?