It happened again in July after the coup attempt in Turkey and the terrorist attack in Nice, France in which a man driving a truck swerved back and forth through a crowd watching Bastille Day fireworks, crushing 86 people to death. But the biggest spike came after Trump -- the tweeting, shoot-from-the-hip political neophyte and property tycoon who insulted women, minorities and Muslims during the campaign -- defeated Hillary Clinton during the November 8 race for the White House. [caption id="attachment_41174" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Merriam-Webster's latest edition of Collegiate Dictionary and Iphone app Collected[/caption] "When we don't believe or don't want to believe what is real, we need a word for what seems 'above' or 'beyond' reality. Surreal is such a word," the dictionary company said in a statement. It said another word looked up big-time in 2016 was 'bigly.' "Donald Trump used the term 'big league' in an unusual way, as an adverb during a debate, and many people thought he said 'bigly'," said Merriam-Webster editor-at-large Peter Sokolowski.
1) 'Surreal' is one of the most common lookups following a tragedy 2) 'Surreal' is our 2016 Word of the Yearhttps://t.co/O7azAyRQC1— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) December 19, 2016
How surreal. https://t.co/QZ04EHJWiV — Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) December 19, 2016Bigly actually is in the dictionary, and means in great scope, or with a blustering manner. Clinton's use of "deplorable" as a plural noun to describe some of Trump's supporters -- "a basket of deplorables" -- was also a top trending word for 2016, Merriam-Webster said.