When you don’t know the meaning of a word, there’s one obvious place to turn: the dictionary.
Naturally, some words tend to confuse people more than others, as evidenced by Merriam-Webster’s list of the 10 most looked-up words in its online dictionary.
So what are the most sought-after definitions in the English language? Probably not what you expect. You won’t find hyper-obscure scientific terms, for example, because not enough people know them to bother looking them up.
Rather, the most looked-up words are ones that are “middle of the road linguistically” — common enough to perpetually perplex readers, as Merriam-Webster lexicographer read more >>>