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Searches for 'misogyny' spike following election

Merriam-Webster attributes spike to rash of news articles.

Merriam Webster reported a spike in online searches for the definition of misogynyGraham Campbell/Flickr

The definition for misogyny was one of the top searches on Merriam Webster’s site on Nov. 9 — the day after Donald Trump won the presidential election.

The 150-year-old Springfield, Massachusetts-based company attributed the spike in searches to the throng of articles and editorials published in the wake of Trump’s victory that referenced “misogyny” in the headline, citing opinion pieces in the Boston Globe, Salon, the Telegraph and the Guardian.

Misogynymeans “a hatred of women,” according to Merriam Webster. The etymology ofmisogynyis a fairly straightforward one, as it may be traced to the Greek words for “to hate” (misein) and “woman” (gynē); Greek had already combined these into the wordmisogyniabefore the word was adopted by English.Misogynyhas been in use in our language since at least 1656, when the great 17th-century lexicographer Thomas Blount defined it as “the hate or contempt of women.”

There is a similar word in English for “a hatred of men.” That word is "misandry."

 

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