New York Times releases 50 most looked-up words

The words that readers most frequently checked trend toward the depressing.

“Perfidy.” “Anathema.” “Opprobrium.”

Not exactly inspirational terms, are they? Neither are “schadenfreude” or “hubris.” Yet those words, and quite a few others with dour connotations, are some of the terms that appear to pique the curiosity of New York Times readers the most.

They all appear on a list of the paper’s 50 most looked-up words so far this year. The Times website includes a feature where double-clicking on a word brings up its definition to help readers wade through the paper’s famously magniloquent writing. (Since you can’t double-click that, it means they use big words.)

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