pragmatic word of the year

Merriam-Webster Picks ‘Pragmatic’ as Word of Year!

Pragmatic is Word of the Year

Happy New Year! It’s Gonna Be a Good, Good Year!

Pragmatic, an adjective that means practical and logical, was looked up so often on Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary

that the publisher says “pragmatic” was the pragmatic choice for its 2011 Word of the Year.” Sacramento Bee

Thank you to Mom Friend Ursula, Dad Friend Steve and my friends on Twitter for sending me this link! I am so excited that pragmatic was chosen as the 2011 Word of the Year! It bodes well for a good 2012, I think.

Here’s the definition of “pragmatic” by Merriam-Webster:


adj \prag-ˈma-tik\

Definition of PRAGMATIC

archaic(1) : busy (2) : officiousb : opinionated
: relating to matters of fact or practical affairs often to the exclusion of intellectual or artistic matters : practical as opposed to idealistic <pragmatic men of power have had no time or inclination to deal with … social morality — K. B. Clark>
: relating to or being in accordance with philosophical pragmatism (see pragmatism)
— pragmatic noun
— prag·mat·i·cal·ly adverb

Merriam-Webster has been picking its annual top choice since 2003. Previous winners include: austerity (2010), admonish (2009) and bailout (2008).

May you all have a pragmatic and wonderful 2012. Thank you to everyone for your support for these past two years!!! I really appreciate it!

Charles Krupa / AP Photo

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Ann

    Right on trend!!!

    So here is my confession… One of the names I wanted to use for my blog was pragmatic mom!!! I love that word and it completely fits my philosophy about life… but it was taken ; ) It’s okay, I love the name I settled on. It suit me and it has encouraged me to share my art a little more than was my initial vision.

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