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Socialism, capitalism sends Americans to dictionary

Socialism and capitalism were the most looked-up words on the Merriam-Webster website this past US election year, the publishers of the authoritative dictionary of American English said Wednesday.

Socialism was looked up most often when healthcare made headlines and in the days following the Democratic and Republican conventions and the three televised debates between President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney.

"We saw a huge spike for socialism on Election Day itself, but interest in both words was very high all year," said editor at large Peter Sokolowski, who noted how "lookups of one word often led to lookups of the other."

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