Dictionary.com has picked “exposure” as its 2014 Word of the Year. The video embedded above shares details about the major events that occurred throughout this year that prompted this choice. The website has listed the following four definitions for this word:
- The condition of being exposed to danger or harm.
- The act of bringing to public attention, especially through media coverage; publicity.
- An act or instance of bringing to light, revealing, or unmasking crime, misconduct, or evil.
- Disclosure of something private or secret.
Here’s more from the Dictionary.com blog: “From the pervading sense of vulnerability surrounding Ebola to the visibility into acts of crime or misconduct that ignited critical conversations about race, gender, and violence, various senses of exposure were out in the open this year. How did you see exposure in the news?” What do you think about this selection?